Honolulu Havoc Newsletter: November 15, 2016



Welcome to all our new registrants since the last newsletter. Only 121 more days until Left Coast Crime in Honolulu, Hawaii!

Unique Author Opportunities

Left Coast Crime is a first and foremost a fan convention but we all know that authors are often the most invested crime fiction fans. Honolulu Havoc organizers want to maximize the experience for all attendees so we have created seven events that focus on different ways for authors to interact with their fans – current and future. There are two categories of activities – Supporting Kids Reading and Writing and Getting to Know your Fans. Future newsletters will provide directions on how to sign up for these events, but we wanted you to know what was coming so you could think about how you would like to be involved and make your travel plans accordingly.

Supporting Kids Reading or Writing

Silent Auction – (donations due by noon on Thursday, March 16th)
Each Left Coast Crime Convention raises money to support a local literacy organization with funds raised through a silent and live auction and the annual Quilt Raffle. Honolulu Havoc’s auction recipient is
Read Aloud America, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization that promotes literacy, encourages a love of reading in adults and children, and increases children’s prospects for success in school and life. Founded in Hawaii in 1995, Read Aloud America provides Hawaiian parents with the tools they need to communicate with their children from an early age while fostering a love of books and learning. The Read Aloud program helps bridge the gap for parents who don’t have a family heritage of literacy, encouraging parents to turn off electronic media and strengthen family bonds by reading together. All proceeds from Left Coast Crime 2017’s auction go to Read Aloud America. Anyone — reader, writer, bookseller, librarian, blogger — may donate an item or two to the silent auction. A few of you are probably thinking about your auction donations right now — it’s a good excuse not to do actual work! You can either mail your Silent Auction donations to yourself at the hotel or bring them with you. We’ll be setting up the Silent Auction Room late Wednesday and Thursday, but we will accept donations on Friday as well. Questions? Email Auction Chair Alain (A K) Gunn

Dessert Mystery Fundraiser – (Friday, March 17th after the Fireworks)
Buy a ticket to attend or contribute to the “dessert and death” experience where all proceeds over costs go to our designated charity – Read Aloud America.

Author School Visit – (Wednesday, March 15th or Thursday morning March 16th)
Visit a school or college on the island of Oahu and share your love of books. If your book isn’t age-appropriate, you can read from a favorite from when you were the students’ age.

Creative Writing Competition – (November–December 2016)
Judge the short story finalists written by elementary through college age students. Email Chair Gay Gale for more information.


Getting to Know Your Fans

Author Speed Dating – (Thursday morning March 16th – before Panels begin)
A little like the New Author Breakfast but talking to fans about your latest book “one table at a time.”

Author–Reader Connections – (Tuesday March 14th through Sunday March 19th)
Plan a gathering and invite a select number of fans to join you. It can be as simple as meeting at a Hilton Hawaiian Village bar or swimming pool at a set time, walking to a Waikiki “hot spot” like Duke Kahanamoku’s statue or the Army Museum, or having lunch at a nearby restaurant. The Organizing Committee will help with suggestions of local gathering spots.    

Author Hosted Tables (Saturday March 18th)
Partner with another author to host a table at the Lefty Awards Banquet. Convention attendees will sign up to sit with you at dinner. Table favors optional.    

Meet the New Authors Breakfast
Calling all authors who have a first mystery, crime, thriller, or suspense novel published between March 1, 2016, and March 19, 2017. You are eligible to present at the Meet the New Authors Breakfast, Friday, March 17, 2017. Contact Mike Befeler at mikebef@aol.com.


Meet the Honolulu Havoc Committee

Rosemary & Larry Mild: Panel Chairs

Rosemary & Larry Mild are cheerful partners in crime, stalking Honolulu’s dark side as coauthors of Cry Ohana, Adventure and Suspense in Hawaii. Their new series is the Dan & Rivka Sherman Mysteries: Death Goes Postal, Death Takes a Mistress, and Death Steals a Holy Book (brand new!). Readers savor the Milds’ Paco & Molly Mysteries, starring a detective and housekeeper/cook who skews the English language: Locks and Cream Cheese, Hot Grudge Sunday, and Boston Scream Pie. The Milds have two short story collections: Murder, Fantasy, and Weird Tales and The Misadventures of Slim O. Wittz, Soft-Boiled Detective. More stories are featured in an ezine, Mysterical-E: “Copper and Goldie,” a disabled ex-cop cabbie and his golden retriever. After twenty-two years of snow-birding, the Milds have joined their children and grandchildren in calling Honolulu home. Visit them at: www.magicile.com.

“Hey Honolulu Havoc registered fans, your panels are in the making. There is still time to tell Larry and Rosemary what you prefer to see and hear in the way of innovative panels. Let’s hear from you.”

Advertise in the Honolulu Havoc Program Book

Attention Authors! Please encourage your publisher to advertise in the Left Coast Crime Program Book. There are sizes and prices for every budget. Don’t be left out!

Lefty Awards

 The Left Coast Crime “Lefty” Awards are fan awards chosen by registered members of the Left Coast Crime convention. Nominations for the Lefty awards to be presented at each annual convention are made by people registered for that convention and also the immediately prior convention. A ballot listing the official nominees is given to each registrant when they check in at the convention, and final voting takes place at the convention. The ballots are tabulated and that year’s Lefty Awards are presented at the Awards Celebration.

Left Coast Crime 2017, “Honolulu Havoc,” will be presenting four Lefty Awards. The Lefty awards will be voted on at the convention and presented at the Awards Banquet on Saturday, March 18, 2017, at the Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort.

Registrants of the 2016 and 2017 Left Coast Crime Conventions will be able to nominate three titles in each Lefty Award category. Nominations will be accepted the first two weeks of January, for the four 2017 Lefty Awards:
  • Best Humorous Mystery Novel
  • Best Historical Mystery Novel (The Bruce Alexander Memorial), covering events before 1960
  • Best Debut Mystery Novel
  • Best Mystery Novel
To be eligible, titles must have been published for the first time in the United States or Canada during 2016, in book or ebook format. (If published in other countries before 2016, a book is still eligible if it meets the US or Canadian publication requirement.)

Nomination forms will be emailed to all 2016 and 2017 LCC registrants in late December.  The nominations will be announced on January 16, 2017. Final voting for the Lefty Awards will be by paper ballot at the convention in Hawaii.

Questions about the Lefty Awards?
Email Awards Co-Chairs Lucinda Surber & Stan Ulrich

Searching for a Roommate?

Would you like to share a room at the convention? Email Gail Bauginiet, our Roommate Coordinator, if you have a hotel room to share or if you are searching for a roommate and she will match you up.

Are You Registered for Honolulu Havoc?

You are receiving this newsletter either because you are registered for LCC 2017 or because you attended LCC 2016 in Phoenix. LCC 2016 attendees, who are eligible to submit nominations for the Honolulu Havoc Lefty Awards, will remain on the distribution list through the nomination period in January 2017.

Not sure if you are registered for LCC 2017? Check the Honolulu List of Attendees. If your name isn’t there, visit the Honolulu Registration Page to register for Left Coast Crime 2017.

Left Coast Crime 2018
Crime on the Comstock

Registration is now open for LCC 2018 — March 22–25, 2018 — in Reno, Nevada, at the Nugget Casino Resort. Located in Reno/Sparks, the legendary Nugget Casino Resort is consistently ranked at the top of Reno resorts and Sparks hotels. The Nugget features a complimentary airport shuttle, eight award-winning restaurants, an indoor atrium pool, a gym, and a legendary Casino and Bingo Hall.
 • Guests of Honor: Naomi Hirahara & William Kent Krueger
 • Toastmaster: Todd Borg
 • Ghost of Honor: Mark Twain (McAvoy Layne)

Early Bird Registration: $175 until March 19, 2017 (close of LCC 2017)
Register Online Now!

Our convention rate is about $82 for the convention nights in the newly remodeled West Tower, plus three nights before and after the convention (subject to availability) so you can extend your stay in Nevada. Our convention room rate is fixed at $69 plus a mandatory daily resort fee (currently $12.50), which includes wireless Internet in guest rooms, round-trip shuttle transportation from the Reno-Tahoe International Airport, Atrium Pool and Fitness Center access, and valet and self-parking in the Nugget’s secure covered parking structure. Registrants will receive the hotel reservation code in late March 2017 when the hotel will begin accepting reservations for our group.

Visit the LCC 2018 website for more information about Crime on the Comstock.

Left Coast Crime 2019
Whale of a Crime

Left Coast Crime 2019 will be held in Vancouver, British Columbia, at the Hyatt Regency Vancouver, March 28–31, 2019. Co-chairs Colleen Glynn and Linda McNab are hard at work planning for the convention. More information will be available later this year.
If you are interested in learning more about hosting or helping with a future Left Coast Crime Convention, please let us know! The LCC Standing Committee would love to help you with your bid and answer all your questions. You will receive all the support you need.