Welcome to Bouchercon, the World Mystery Convention

Recordings of the convention events from the Dallas Bouchercon are now available on CD and MP3.


Read Our Code of Conduct and Anti-Harassment Policy


A Statement from Bouchercon

 Bouchercon has received a formal complaint from a member about an incident of harassment at the Hyatt Reunion Hotel during our Dallas event.  That member has asked us for confidentiality as we investigate this event. We take every complaint of harassment seriously, treating the victim with respect, and honoring the confidentiality and privacy requested by the complainant. We have an anti- harassment policy which condemns any form of harassment.  We are currently reviewing the policy to ensure it contains appropriate reporting procedures, actionable steps, and transparency. We expect and strive for every Bouchercon event to be a safe space for our members, attendees, vendors and guests.



“Fill a hotel with few thousand socially-challenged introverts, folks for whom the ‘I’d rather be reading’ T-shirt was created, and force them to spend a long autumn weekend together, and what have you got? Bouchercon—and you’d be a fool to miss it.”

~Lawrence Block

“At Bouchercon I discovered a wonderful, supportive, fun, dynamic and exciting world, filled with fascinating, sometimes slightly crazy, people. It’s the Grand Central Station of crime writing and reading. I adore Bouchercon.”

~Louise Penny

Bouchercon is what you want it to be. It’s the annual meetup for  readers and writers of crime fiction, where fans and industry professionals mix and mingle. Attendees love the genre, from cozy and hardboiled to thriller and paranormal.  I come knowing I’ll see long-time friends and make new ones.

                                   ~Frankie  Y. Bailey

“Like a holiday weekend with your family – except you get to choose this family, and it’s 2000 strong.”

~Lee Child

“If you’re a crime fiction addict, there is no better place to find your next fix.”

~Karin Slaughter

I’ve enjoyed attending the Bouchercons over the years as it’s not only a chance to connect personally with mystery readers, but you get to talk shop with like-minded writers, some you only get to see at such gatherings.

~Gary Phillips

“Love contemporary mysteries? You can meet your whole bookshelf at Bouchercon. They’ll even let you buy them a drink.”

~Margaret Maron

“I walked into Bouchercon Austin not knowing a soul, contemplated leaving after my panel, and heading back home. Glad I didn’t. I made friends that weekend, both fellow writers and readers, that have become as close to me as family”

~Reed Farrel Coleman

“Bouchercon is magic! And here’s my absolute promise: You will meet a new soulmate, you will discover a remarkable book, you will chat with a beloved author, you will have a life-changing experience. It happens every time. See you there–of course!”

~Hank Phillippi Ryan

Bouchercon 2020 - Sacramento, California

2020: Sacramento

October 15-18, 2020
Bouchercon 2020 - Sacramento, California

2021: New Orleans

August 25-29, 2021

Bouchercon 2020 - Sacramento, California


2022: Minneapolis

September 8-11, 2022

Bouchercon 2020 - Sacramento, California

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