|Location(s)||Rotates, next in Albany, NY, Sept 19-22, 2013|
Bouchercon, the Anthony Boucher Memorial World Mystery Convention, is an annual convention of creators and devotees of mystery and detective fiction. It is named in honour of writer, reviewer, and editor Anthony Boucher, and pronounced the way he pronounced his name, rhyming with "voucher".
It is held annually in the fall, each year being hosted in a different city by a different group of volunteers. The convention typically starts on Thursday and finishes on Sunday.
Each year, Bouchercon nominates and votes the Anthony Awards for excellence in crime fiction, including but not limited to: Best Novel, Best First Novel, Best Short Story, Best Critical Non-Fiction, and Best Paperback Original.
People who attend are fans, authors, agents, booksellers, publishers and other people who read and enjoy mystery and crime fiction. The first one was held in Santa Monica, California (CA) in 1970. The guest of honor was Robert Bloch of Psycho fame.
Registered attendees of each Bouchercon are designated as 'members', and vote at the annual business meeting (held during the convention) on necessary business items. Bouchercon's governing body is its Standing Committee, which changes year to year, being made up of people who have hosted and will host the convention, and three at large members who are elected by the membership.
Locations and Lifetime Achievement Awards
|Number||Year||Location||Lifetime Achievement Award|
|I||1970||Santa Monica, California||no award issued|
|II||1971||Los Angeles, California||no award issued|
|III||1972||Los Angeles, California||no award issued|
|IV||1973||Boston, Massachusetts||no award issued|
|V||1974||Oakland, California||no award issued|
|VI||1975||Chicago, Illinois||no award issued|
|VII||1976||Culver City, California||no award issued|
|VIII||1977||New York, New York||no award issued|
|IX||1978||Chicago, Illinois||no award issued|
|X||1979||Los Angeles, California||no award issued|
|XI||1980||Washington, D.C.||no award issued|
|XII||1981||Milwaukee, Wisconsin||no award issued|
|XIII||1982||San Francisco, California||no award issued|
|XIV||1983||New York, New York||no award issued|
|XV||1984||Chicago, Illinois||no award issued|
|XVI||1985||San Francisco, California||no award issued|
|XVII||1986||Baltimore, Maryland||no award issued|
|XVIII||1987||Minneapolis, Minnesota||no award issued|
|XIX||1988||San Diego, California||no award issued|
|XX||1989||Philadelphia, Pennsylvania||Dorothy Salisbury Davis|
|XXI||1990||London, England||Michael Gilbert|
|XXII||1991||Pasadena, California||William Campbell Gault|
|XXIII||1992||Toronto, Ontario||Charlotte MacLeod|
|XXIV||1993||Omaha, Nebraska||Hammond Innes and Ralph McInerny|
|XXV||1994||Seattle, Washington||Tony Hillerman|
|XXVI||1995||Nottingham, England||no award issued|
|XXVII||1996||St. Paul, Minnesota||no award issued|
|XXVIII||1997||Monterey, California||Donald E. Westlake|
|XXIX||1998||Philadelphia, Pennsylvania||no award issued|
|XXX||1999||Milwaukee, Wisconsin||Len Moffatt and June Moffatt|
|XXXI||2000||Denver, Colorado||Jane Langton|
|XXXII||2001||Washington, D.C.||Edward D. Hoch|
|XXXIII||2002||Austin, Texas||no award issued|
|XXXIV||2003||Las Vegas, Nevada||no award issued|
|XXXV||2004||Toronto, Ontario||Bernard Cornwell|
|XXXVI||2005||Chicago, Illinois||Bill Pronzini and Marcia Muller|
|XXXVII||2006||Madison, Wisconsin||Robert B. Parker|
|XXXVIII||2007||Anchorage, Alaska||James Sallis|
|XXXIX||2008||Baltimore, Maryland||Lawrence Block|
|XL||2009||Indianapolis, Indiana||Allen J. Hubin|
|XLI||2010||San Francisco, California||Lee Child|
|XLII||2011||St. Louis, Missouri||Sara Paretsky|
|XLIII||2012||Cleveland, Ohio||Mary Higgins Clark|
|XLIV||2013||Albany, NY||Sue Grafton|
- "Bouchercon World Mystery Convention : Home". Bouchercon.info. Retrieved 2012-01-30.
- "Bouchercon 2010 by the Bay: The World Series of Mystery". Libraryjournal.com. Retrieved 2012-01-30.
- Marvin Lachman, The Heirs of Anthony Boucher Poisoned Pen Press (2005), p. 83.
- "Happy Birthday, Mr. Holmes - The New York Sun". Nysun.com. 2005-01-05. Retrieved 2012-01-30.