Welcome to Bouchercon, the World Mystery Convention

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

Statement Regarding Shamus Award Comments

The Bouchercon Board of Directors are aware of the situation that occurred at the Shamus Awards this year. While the Shamus Awards are generally presented during the same weekend, and in the same city, that Bouchercon is held, the two are not affiliated.

Bouchercon is committed to welcoming everyone and ensuring that our event is an open, welcoming space for all attendees. Our official harassment and inclusion statement makes this explicitly clear: ” We view harassment as behavior that threatens, alarms, or makes someone uncomfortable. Examples may include but aren’t limited to: Verbal or written comments of a sexual or violent nature, unwanted physical contact, ethnic slurs, recording or photographing without consent, following or stalking, and coercion of any kind.”

Bouchercon 2019

Diamonds, Denim, and Death

October 31-November 3, 2019

Dallas, Texas


“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

“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

“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 2019 - Dallas, Texas

2019: Dallas

October 31 – November 3, 2019
Bouchercon 2020 - Sacramento, California

2020: Sacramento

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

2021: New Orleans

August 25-29, 2021


2022: Minneapolis

September 8-11, 2022

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