Sunday, October 01, 2006

Bleak House Books / Mystery Scene Magazine Party

The final bash at Bouchercon was a barbeque co-hosted by Bleak House and Mystery Scene Magazine at the Bleak House offices in beautiful downtown Madison.

The offices are in a converted house, which makes it mighty convenient when you want to pull out the old grill and cook up some Wisconsin brats in the back yard. Here’s Publisher Ben LeRoy doing a turn at the grill. With the spitting fire and the arched eyebrow, he looks rather demonic, doesn’t he?

Ben, by the way, claims that he can eat four hot dogs in five minutes. That by itself is supernatural.

I caught co-host Kate Stine (editor and co-publisher of Mystery Scene Magazine) and Bleak House editor Alison Janssen chatting in the kitchen. Alison looks a little demonic herself due to my inability to work the red eye reduction on my camera.

As with the earlier Bleak House party, many well-known authors were in attendance. I saw John Billheimer, SJ Rozan, Gary Philips, fellow Big Earth authors Reed Farrel Coleman and Steve Brewer and this guy leaning against the door to Ben’s office:

And speaking of Ben’s office, while the cat was away (or more accurately out grilling brats), I decided I would find out what it’s like to sit behind the desk of a big wheel publisher. Note how I’m holding my beer. My mother always taught me when you’re drinking Pabst Blue Ribbon from a can, wrap it in a doily.

P.S. To Ben: as a big wheel publisher, you really need to get yourself something better than a folding chair to put behind your desk. However, your Dukes of Hazzard snow globe collection was quite impressive.

For the whole conference, I’d been trying to work up the nerve to introduce myself to Jennifer Jordan, reviewer at Anthony Award-winning Crimespree Magazine, and thank her for the nice review she had done for Candy in the latest edition of the magazine. Near the end of the party, I finally got Ben to do the honors and my wife snapped this picture of us.

Even though it looks like the thought bubble above Jennifer’s head should read, “What a sissy. The tough guy private eye writer is carrying his beer wrapped in a napkin!” she was very nice and we had a great time chatting.

So ends my coverage of Bouchercon. Next up: the Candy tour begins.


At 12:12 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nice huh? Jennifer is most often refered to as wacko, insane, what the hell is with her, pain in the ass, or my favorite scarey. If you got the nice count yourself lucky, you did something right.

At 12:13 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

sorry this is her sister Dianne harrassing her on your blog.


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