ddie Muller was the #Bcon2010
toastmaster. He's also a native San Franciscan and was a member of Friday's "San Francisco noir
" panel. He had this to say about the city as a breeding ground for noir after someone said people come there to reinvent themselves:
"We breed people who exploit those people when they come to San Francisco. ... There are people who are waiting here to exploit those who come here to find themselves."
Three authors who impressed me with their intelligence, humor, critical acuity, willingness to stake out provocative positions, or some combination of these: John Connolly, Denise Mina, Val McDermid.
Three of my panelists whom I enjoyed listening to as they talked about their native country of South Africa at the bar: Jassy Mackenzie
, Michael Sears, Stanley Trollip
Two panelists with whom I ate dim sum in Chinatown on Sunday: Yrsa Sigurðardóttir
, Christopher G. Moore
. (Their spouses were there, too, and I'm happy to have them as panelists-in-law.)
Panelists who were exceedingly pleasant to work and spend time with: the lot of them
One hears whispered tales of difficult panelists, but none was mine. The aforementioned plus James R. Benn
, Cara Black
, Lisa Brackmann
, Henry Chang
and Stuart Neville
were good company, and concise, entertaining and informative in their answers. I enjoyed our discussions on stage and off. Thanks, guys.
© Peter Rozovsky 2010
Labels: Bouchercon 2010, Cara Black, Christopher G. Moore, conventions, Henry Chang, James R. Benn, Jassy Mackenzie, Lisa Brackmann, Michael Stanley, Stuart Neville, Yrsa Sigurðardóttir