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Panel Schedule

Panelists will sign for half an hour in the Book Room following each panel.

Time Rio Vista A-D Rio Vista E Rio Vista F-H Sierra 5-6 Cabrillo
9:00-11:00 AM Author Speed-Dating (Rio Vista A-D)
Les & Leslie Blatt (M) and 40 Authors, limited seating for 140 fans
11:00-Noon Lunch Break (on your own)
12:00-12:45 PM   Mixing Real People and Events into Crime Fiction
Anna Castle (M)
Kari Bovee
Steph Cha
Noel Hynd
Brian Thornton
Left Coast Crime 101
Lucinda Surber (M)
Kim Keeline
Janet Rudolph
Maryelizabeth Yturralde
Writing Our Hometown: What San Diego adds to mysteries
Daniel J. Hale (M)
Terry Ambrose
Corey Fayman
Ken Kuhlken
Carl Vonderau
Mystery and Romance: Two great traditions that work arm-in-arm
Elizabeth Crowens (M)
Kate Carlisle
Helenkay Dimon
Kathy Krevat
Jenn McKinlay
1:15-2:00 PM Tales from the Road: Authors talk about the highs and lows of traveling and book promotion
Maddee James (M)
Rhys Bowen
Lee Goldberg
William Kent Krueger
Lori Rader-Day
Tackling Social Issues: Balancing perspectives
Jamie Freveletti (M)
Pat H. Broeske
Merilee Robson
John Vercher
Greg Zeigler
Gumshoe Thrillers: PIs working against time
Kristopher Zgorski (M)
Ross Carley
Matt Goldman
Rob Hart
Charles Salzberg
I Am What I Write: Authors drawing on their own backgrounds
Colin Conway (M)
Julie Holmes
Cynthia Kuhn
Michael Pool
Frank Zafiro
Murder in a Small Town: Adding small community flavor to crime fiction
Elena Taylor (M)
Claire Booth
Naomi Hirahara
John McMahon
Judy Penz Sheluk
2:30-3:15 PM The Dark Side of the Golden State: California as crime scene
Sean Carswell (M)
Rachel Howzell Hall
Howard Michael Gould
T. Jefferson Parker
James R. Preston
Writing a Series: Keeping it fresh
Reed Coleman (M)
Larry K. Collins
Janet Dawson
Glen Erik Hamilton
Heather Haven
The Role of the Editor in Today’s Publishing
Rae James (M)
Joseph Clifford
Zoe Quinton
David B. Schlosser
Gretchen Stelter
Amateur vs. Professional Sleuths: Advantages and disadvantages
Jean Utley (M)
Mary Angela
Lorna Collins
Paul Levine
Barbara Petty
The Contradiction of Humor and Crime: How do you know what’s funny?
Bill Fitzhugh (M)
Tim Maleeny
Cindy Sample
Wendall Thomas
3:45-4:30 PM Villains: Humanizing the dark side
Dänna Wilberg (M)
Jennifer J. Chow
Rebecca Martinez
Gigi Pandian
John Shepphird
Culinary Cozies: What’s cookin’?
Mark Baker (M)
Maya Corrigan
Kaye George
G.P. Gottlieb
Leslie Karst
The Not Too Distant Past: 20th Century Historical Mysteries
Kay Kendall (M)
Jennifer Berg
Timothy Burgess
Danny Gardner
Ona Russell
The Novella and the Short of It: Talking short stories and novellas
Judy Penz Sheluk (M)
Sarah M. Chen
RK Olson
Renee Asher Pickup
James Lincoln Warren
Feminism, #MeToo, and all those “Girl” books: The contradiction of women’s roles in crime fiction
Halley Sutton (M)
Mysti Berry
Elizabeth Little
Alexandra Sokoloff
Kelli Stanley
5:00-5:45 PM Matt Coyle interviewed by Corey Lynn Fayman (Rio Vista A-D)
6:00-7:30 PM Welcome Reception (West Lawn & Cabrillo 1-2)
7:30 PM Dinner on your own
7:30-8:30 PM Anthology Launch Party for Partners in Crime, the San Diego Chapter of Sisters in Crime (Cabrillo 1-2)
9:00 PM Movie Tribute to Raymond Chandler (Rio Vista A-D)

Time Rio Vista A-D Rio Vista E Rio Vista F-H Sierra 5-6 Cabrillo
7:15-8:45 AM Meet the New Authors Breakfast — Hosted by Mike Befeler with the assistance of Rochelle Staab (West Lawn)
All convention registrants welcome, seating limited.
9:00-9:45 AM Tropes, Stereotypes, and Clichés: A love-hate relationship
Lance Charnes (M)
Baer Charlton
Elizabeth Little
Jason Pinter
Alexandra Sokoloff
Crime and the City: Urban settings as character
Shaun Harris (M)
Gar Anthony Haywood
Annie Hogsett
Con Lehane
Josh Stallings
What Makes a Cozy a Cozy? The traditions, rules, and conventions
Leslie Hall (M)
Mary Feliz
Lisa Q. Mathews
Nadine Nettman
Janice Peacock
Heroes With Issues: When characters struggle with more than just crime
Heather Ames (M)
D.J. Adamson
Dick Cass
Joseph Clifford
Matt Phillips
Readings & Presentations
in Santa Fe 4
all day
10:15-11:00 AM Lefty Award Nominees: Best Humorous Mystery
Oline Cogdill (M)
Ellen Byron
Leslie Karst
Cynthia Kuhn
Catriona McPherson
Wendall Thomas
Wonder Women: The powerful female protagonist
Ana Brazil (M)
Becky Clark
Tori Eldridge
Saul Lelchuk
Mike McCrary
In a Different Era: 19th Century Historical Mysteries
Karen Odden (M)
Kim Taylor Blakemore
Yves Fey
M. Louisa Locke
Ann Parker
Tipping the Scales: The criminal justice system
Jeffrey Siger (M)
Teresa Burrell
Keenan Powell
L.F. Robertson
Karen Stefano
Publishing Today: The new tradition
Gretchen Stelter (M)
Colleen Dunn Bates
Kimberley Cameron
Bob Gussin
Jason Pinter
11:30-12:15 PM Rachel Howzell Hall interviewed by David Corbett (Rio Vista A-D)
12:15-1:30 PM Lunch Break (on your own)
1:30-2:15 PM Lefty Award Nominees: Best Debut Mystery
Lucinda Surber (M)
Tori Eldridge
John Vercher
Carl Vonderau
The Complicated Social Issues of Law and Order
Kenneth Wishnia (M)
Kay Kendall
Priscilla Paton
David Putnam
Terry Shames
Writing Older Characters: The pros and cons of writing senior sleuths
Rochelle Staab (M)
Barbara Barrett
Mike Befeler
Janet Finsilver
Lisa Q. Mathews
Art in Mysteries: Cultural clues
Susan C. Shea (M)
Connie Berry
Lance Charnes
Cornelia S. Feye
Margaret Lucke
The State of Noir: What defines noir today?
Matt Phillips (M)
Barbara DeMarco-Barrett
T. Jefferson Parker
Travis Richardson
Faye Snowden
2:45-3:30 PM Lefty Award Nominees: Best Mystery
Janet Rudolph (M)
Steph Cha
Tracy Clark
Matt Coyle
Rachel Howzell Hall
Cozy Mysteries in Big City Settings: A contradiction?
Heather Haven (M)
Kate Carlisle
Margaret Dumas
Sarah Osborne
Lida Sideris
Crime for a Younger Audience: Writing for young adults or middle grade
Sheila Scobba Banning (M)
Evelyn Cirincione
Virginia Loh-Hagan
Sheila Sobel
Barrie Summy
The Soundtrack of Crime: Mystery and music inextricably intertwined
Brian Thornton (M)
Corey Lynn Fayman
P Moss
D.R. Ransdell
Holly West
Been There, Wrote That: The game that asks how well authors remember their own work?
Gar Anthony Haywood (M)
Reed Coleman
Lee Goldberg
Jenn McKinlay
L.J. Sellers
4:00-4:45 PM Lefty Award Nominees: Best Historical Mystery
Linda McNab (M)
Susanna Calkins
L.A. Chandlar
Jennifer Kincheloe
Hooray for Hollywood: Tinsel Town as a setting
Rosemary Lord (M)
Donis Casey
Kellye Garrett
Sherri Leigh-James
Phoef Sutton
Inside the Mind of a Cop: Law enforcement officials talk reality versus fiction
Frank Zafiro (M)
Bruce Robert Coffin
Neal Griffin
Martin Roy Hill
T.K. Thorne
Write What You Want to Know: Creating beyond personal experience
Kristopher Zgorski (M)
Ray Daniel
Camille Minichino
Joseph Schneider
Nancy Cole Silverman

5:15-6:00 PM Mysterious Galaxy interviewed by Oline Cogdill (Rio Vista A-D)
6:00-7:30 PM Dinner Break (on your own)
7:30-9:00 PM Noir at the Bar (Cabrillo 1-2)
9:00-11:00 PM Author Cabaret (Cabrillo 1-2)

Time Rio Vista A-D Rio Vista E Rio Vista F-H Sierra 5-6 Cabrillo
7:15-8:45 AM Breakfast (West Lawn) All convention registrants welcome, seating limited.
9:00-9:45 AM Fiction Writers are Professional Liars: But can they do it to your face?
Terry Shames (M)
Donna Andrews
Steve Brewer
Ellen Byron
Bill Fitzhugh
Not Your Traditional Detectives: Female investigators bucking the hard-boiled rules
Virginia Loh-Hagan (M)
Kris Calvin
Liz Freeland
S.G. (Sandra) Wong
Faye Snowden
Getting the Research Right: How accurate should a mystery be?
Anne Louise Bannon (M)
L.A. Chandlar
Pam Clark
David Hagerty
Baird Nuckolls
Thrillers: How to keep the clock ticking
Joan Golden (M)
Robert Downs
Lee Matthew Goldberg
Toni Niesen
Kenneth Wishnia
Readings & Presentations
in Santa Fe 4
all day
10:15-11:00 AM Crime in the UK: Why we love British mysteries
Peter Guttridge (M)
Rhys Bowen
Anne Cleeland
Carola Dunn
Catriona McPherson
Crime Fiction and Reality: How do today's headlines impact fiction?
Laurie Rockenbeck (M)
Tracy Clark
Hilary Davidson
Puja Guha
Keith Raffel
Historical mysteries: Prehistoric to Renaissance era
Kaye George (M)
Susanna Calkins
Mary Lawrence
Priscilla Royal
Judith Starkston
Scene-Stealing Secondary Characters: Making them believable
Rochelle Staab (M)
Tammy Kaehler
Karen Odden
Bonnar Spring
Susan Van Kirk
21st Century Mysteries and Thrillers: A camera on every corner and a tracking device in every phone
Sue Trowbridge (M)
Mark Bacon
Jamie Freveletti
Matt Quirk
Joseph Reid
11:30-12:15 PM T. Jefferson Parker interviewed by Matt Coyle (Rio Vista A-D)
12:15-1:30 PM Lunch Break (on your own) Award Ballots due by 1:30 PM
1:30-2:15 PM Let’s Talk About Sex (in Mysteries)
Holly West (M)
E.A. Aymar
David Corbett
Hilary Davidson
Jennifer Kincheloe
It’s Not All Fiction: A talk with true crime writers
Maddie Margarita (M)
James Bartlett
Julia Bricklin
Scott Decker
Caitlin Rother
Small Town Cozies: How not to run out of victims
Kate Lansing (M)
Catherine Bruns
Peggy Ehrhart
Susan C. Shea
Libby Klein
Heroes With a Twist: Unusual crime fighters
John Edward Mullen (M)
Stephen W. Buehler
Tammy Kaehler
Mike Orenduff
Sue Star
Murder, My Sweet: Raymond Chandler’s legacy
Patrick Coleman (M)
Craig Faustus Buck
Sean Carswell
Matt Coyle
Kelli Stanley
2:45-3:30 PM It’s Elementary: The enduring popularity of Sherlock Holmes and friends
Elizabeth Crowens (M)
Anna Castle
Laurie R. King
Michael Kurland
Michael Robertson
Murder’s a Zoo: Mysteries with animals
Kate Wyland (M)
Donna Andrews
Jennifer J. Chow
Margaret Mizushima
JR Ripley
Murder Goes Global: International mysteries and thrillers
Jane Stillwater (M)
Annamaria Alfieri
Ana Manwaring
Greg Randall
Jeffrey Siger
How Extreme Settings Take On Their Own Character
Glenda Carroll (M)
Pamela Beason
Susan Alice Bickford
Betty Webb
Heather Young
Improvisational Crime Fiction: Live on stage
Kathy Krevat (M)
Daryl Wood Gerber
Glen Erik Hamilton
Naomi Hirahara
Josh Stallings
4:00-4:45 PM Domestic Suspense: Crime too close to home
Greta Boris (M)
Valerie Geary
Edwin Hill
Jamie Mason
Lori Rader-Day
Politics: A deadly business
Nancie Clare (M)
John Billheimer
Lisa Brackmann
Alan Orloff
Matt Quirk
From Author to Audiobooks: What does it take to make a great product?
Jessica Kaye (M)
Nathan Agin
Laurie Fagen
Deborah J. Ledford
Sandra Murphy
Mara Purl
Book Clubs Love Crime: Creating and running an entertaining book club
James Bartlett (M)
Sheila Scobba Banning
Suzanne Epstein
Richard Goutal
Janet Rudolph
Analyzing Murder: The psychology of crime
Judith Gonda (M)
Lauri Broadbent
Ellen Kirshman
Sheila Lowe
Dennis Palumbo
5:30-7:00 PM Cash Bars (Foyer, Pavillion Patio)
7:00-9:00 PM Awards Banquet (Rio Vista A-H)

Time Rio Vista A-D Rio Vista E Rio Vista F-H Sierra 5-6 Cabrillo
9:00-9:45 AM Getting Under Your Skin: Forensics, science, and medicine in mysteries
Michele Drier (M)
Paula Bernstein
Pat Gussin
D.P. Lyle
Kathleen Valenti
Things That Go Bump in the Night: Paranormal mysteries
Nancy Cole Silverman (M)
Wendy Fallon
Margaret Morse
Gigi Pandian
Sandy Wright
Call the Cops: How police procedurals get it right or not
Virginia Kidd (M)
Scott Kikkawa
James L’Etoile
Rosalind Noonan
Shawn Wilson
Celebrating the Short Story: When less is more
MH Callway (M)
Dale Berry
Amy Drayer
Rob Pierce
Kate Thornton
10:15-11:00 AM Heaven Help Us: Religion and Spirituality in Mystery
Janet Rudolph (M)
Patrick Coleman
Laurie R. King
William Kent Krueger
Ilene Schneider
Screen to Page and Back: The differences and influences of the big and small screens on book!
Tim Maleeny (M)
Katherine Herbert
Georgia Jeffries
Haris Orkin
Phoef Sutton
Split Personality: Writing in Multiple Genres
Cherie O’Boyle (M)
Daryl Wood Gerber
Silvia Moreno-Garcia
Eileen Rendahl
Mark Reutlinger
How You Can Be Part of Left Coast Crime!
Lucinda Surber (M)
Kim Keeline
Left Coast Crime Standing Committee Members
11:30-12:30 PM Final Guest of Honor Panel (Rio Vista A-D)
Kellye Garrett (M), Matt Berger, Matt Coyle, Rachel Howzell Hall, Jennifer Marchisotto, T. Jefferson Parker, Maryelizabeth Yturralde
12:30 PM So long, farewell, auf Wiedersehen, goodbye…See you next year in Albuquerque, New Mexico: Southwest Sleuths