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Panel Schedule

Panelists will sign for half an hour in the Book Room following each panel.

Time Rio Vista A-D Rio Vista E Rio Vista F-H Sierra 5-6 Cabrillo
9:00-11:00 AM Author Speed-Dating (Rio Vista A-D)
Les & Leslie Blatt (M) and 40 Authors, limited seating for 140 fans
11:00-Noon Lunch Break (on your own)
12:00-12:45 PM     Left Coast Crime 101
Lucinda Surber (M)
Colleen Glynn
Kim Keeline
Linda McNab
Stan Ulrich
Writing Our Hometown: What San Diego adds to mysteries
Virginia Loh-Hagan (M)
Corey Lynn Fayman
Ken Kuhlken
Carl Vonderau
Mystery and Romance: Two great traditions that work arm-in-arm
Elizabeth Crowens (M)
Kate Carlisle
HelenKay Dimon
Kathy Krevat
Jenn McKinlay
1:15-2:00 PM Tales from the Road: Authors talk about the highs and lows of traveling and book promotion
Matt Coyle (M)
Lee Goldberg
Laurie R. King
William Kent Krueger
Catriona McPherson
Murder in a Small Town: Adding small community flavor to crime fiction
Elena Taylor (M)
Claire Booth
Naomi Hirahara
John McMahon
Merilee Robson
Gumshoe Thrillers: PIs working against time
Kristopher Zgorski (M)
Ross Carley
Matt Goldman
I Am What I Write: Authors drawing on their own backgrounds
Colin Conway (M)
Julie Holmes
Cynthia Kuhn
Michael Pool
Frank Zafiro

2:30-3:15 PM The Dark Side of the Golden State: California as crime scene
Oline Cogdill (M)
Matt Coyle
Rachel Howzell Hall
Howard Michael Gould
James R. Preston
Writing a Series with Amateur or Professional Sleuths
Jean Utley (M)
Janet Dawson
Glen Erik Hamilton 
Gar Anthony Haywood
RK Olson
The Role of the Editor in Today’s Publishing
Rae James (M)
Colleen Dunn Bates
Joseph Clifford
Baird Nuckolls
David B. Schlosser

The Contradiction of Humor and Crime: How do you know what’s funny?
Tim Maleeny (M)
Bill Fitzhugh
Haris Orkin
Wendall Thomas
3:45-4:30 PM Villains: Humanizing the dark side
Dänna Wilberg (M)
Jennifer J. Chow
A.J. Llewellyn
John Shepphird
Brian Thornton
Culinary Cozies: What’s cookin’?
Mark Baker (M)
Maya Corrigan
G.P. Gottlieb
Leslie Karst
The Not Too Distant Past: 20th Century Historical Mysteries
Rochelle Staab (M)
Jennifer Berg
Timothy Burgess
Susanna Calkins
Ona Russell
  Feminism, #MeToo, and all those “Girl” books: The contradiction of women’s roles in crime fiction
Halley Sutton (M)
Mysti Berry
Erica Ruth Neubauer
Alexandra Sokoloff
5:00-5:45 PM Matt Coyle interviewed by Corey Lynn Fayman (Rio Vista A-D)
6:00-7:30 PM Welcome Reception (West Lawn & Cabrillo 1-2)
7:30 PM Dinner on your own
7:30-8:30 PM Anthology Launch Party for Partners in Crime, the San Diego Chapter of Sisters in Crime (Cabrillo 1-2)
9:00 PM Movie Tribute to Raymond Chandler (Rio Vista A-D)

Time Rio Vista A-D Rio Vista E Rio Vista F-H Sierra 5-6 Cabrillo
7:15-8:45 AM Meet the New Authors Breakfast — Hosted by Mike Befeler with the assistance of Rochelle Staab (West Lawn)
All convention registrants welcome, seating limited.
9:00-9:45 AM Tropes, Stereotypes, and Clichés: A love-hate relationship
Lance Charnes (M)
Baer Charlton
Jason Pinter
Alexandra Sokoloff
Crime and the City: Urban settings as character
Shaun Harris (M)
Kellye Garrett
Gar Anthony Haywood
Laurie R. King
Josh Stallings
What Makes a Cozy a Cozy? The traditions, rules, and conventions
Leslie Hall (M)
Nadine Nettmann
Carlene O’Neil
Susan C. Shea
Heroes With Issues: When characters struggle with more than just crime
Heather Ames (M)
Joseph Clifford
Pam Dehnke
Matt Phillips
Readings & Presentations
in Santa Fe 4
all day
10:15-11:00 AM Lefty Award Nominees: Best Humorous Mystery
Oline Cogdill (M)
Ellen Byron
Leslie Karst
Cynthia Kuhn
Catriona McPherson
Wendall Thomas
Wonder Women: The powerful female protagonist
Virginia Loh-Hagan (M)
Becky Clark
Tori Eldridge
Saul Lelchuk
Mike McCrary

Tipping the Scales: The criminal justice system
Teresa Burrell
Keenan Powell
L.F. Robertson
Karen Stefano

11:30-12:15 PM Rachel Howzell Hall interviewed by Kellye Garrett (Rio Vista A-D)
12:15-1:30 PM Lunch Break (on your own)
1:30-2:15 PM
The Complicated Social Issues of Law and Order
Holly West (M)
Pamela Beason
William Kent Krueger
James L'Etoile
Priscilla Paton
Writing Older Characters: The pros and cons of writing senior sleuths
Rochelle Staab (M)
Barbara Barrett
Mike Befeler
Janet Finsilver
Art in Mysteries: Cultural clues
Susan C. Shea (M)
Connie Berry
Lance Charnes
Cornelia S. Feye
Margaret Lucke
The State of Noir: What defines noir today?
Matt Phillips (M)
Barbara DeMarco-Barrett
Travis Richardson
Faye Snowden
2:45-3:30 PM Lefty Award Nominees: Best Mystery
Lucinda Surber (M)
Tracy Clark
Matt Coyle
Rachel Howzell Hall
Cozy Mysteries in Big City Settings: A contradiction?
Daryl Wood Gerber (M)
Kate Carlisle
Rochelle Staab
Crime for a Younger Audience: Writing for young adults or middle grade
Sheila Scobba Banning (M)
Evelyn Cirincione
Virginia Loh-Hagan
Barrie Summy
The Soundtrack of Crime: Mystery and music inextricably intertwined
Brian Thornton (M)
Corey Lynn Fayman
P Moss
D.R. Ransdell
Holly West
4:00-4:45 PM Lefty Debut and Historical Nominees
Linda McNab & Lucinda Surber (M)
Susanna Calkins
L.A. Chandlar
Tori Eldridge
Jennifer Kincheloe
Carl Vonderau
Hooray for Hollywood: Tinsel Town as a setting
Rosemary Lord (M)
Pat H. Broeske
Kellye Garrett
Lee Goldberg
Sherri Leigh James
Inside the Mind of a Cop: Law enforcement officials talk reality versus fiction
Frank Zafiro (M)
Bruce Robert Coffin
Neal Griffin
Martin Roy Hill
T.K. Thorne
Write What You Want to Know: Creating beyond personal experience
Kristopher Zgorski (M)
Valerie Hansen
William Kent Krueger
Faye Snowden

5:15-7:30 PM Dinner Break (on your own)
7:30-9:00 PM Noir at the Bar (Cabrillo 1-2)
9:00-11:00 PM Author Cabaret (Cabrillo 1-2)

Time Rio Vista A-D Rio Vista E Rio Vista F-H Sierra 5-6 Cabrillo
7:15-8:45 AM Breakfast (West Lawn) All convention registrants welcome, seating limited.
9:00-9:45 AM Fiction Writers are Professional Liars: But can they do it to your face?
Tim Maleeny  (M)
Steve Brewer
Ellen Byron
Bill Fitzhugh
Eileen Rendahl
  Getting the Research Right: How accurate should a mystery be?
Anne Louise Bannon (M)
L.A. Chandlar
Pam Clark
David Hagerty
Baird Nuckolls
Thrillers: How to keep the clock ticking
Joan Golden (M)
Robert Downs
Toni Niesen
Carl Vondereau
Dänna Wilberg
Readings & Presentations
in Santa Fe 4
all day
10:15-11:00 AM Crime in the UK: Why we love British mysteries
Oline Cogdill (M)
Anne Cleeland
Carola Dunn
Catriona McPherson
Crime Fiction and Reality
David B. Schlosser (M)
Kari Bovee
Tracy Clark
Brian Thornton 
  Scene-Stealing Secondary Characters: Making them believable
Rochelle Staab (M)
Tammy Kaehler
Bonnar Spring
Wendall Thomas
21st Century Mysteries and Thrillers: A camera on every corner and a tracking device in every phone
Mark Bacon (M)
Jamie Freveletti
Matt Quirk
Joseph Reid
11:30-1:30 PM Lunch Break (on your own) Award Ballots due by 1:30 PM
1:30-2:15 PM Let’s Talk About Sex (in Mysteries)
Holly West (M)
Jennifer Kincheloe
Nadine Nettman
It’s Not All Fiction: A talk with true crime writers
Maddie Margarita (M)
James Bartlett
Julia Bricklin
Scott Decker
Caitlin Rother
Small Town Cozies: How not to run out of victims
Pam Dehnke (M)
Catherine Bruns
Peggy Ehrhart
Susan C. Shea
Libby Klein
Heroes With a Twist: Unusual crime fighters
John Edward Mullen (M)
Stephen W. Buehler
Tammy Kaehler
Mike Orenduff
Sue Star
2:45-3:30 PM It’s Elementary: The enduring popularity of Sherlock Holmes and friends
Elizabeth Crowens (M)
Laurie R. King
Michael Kurland
Michael Robertson
Murder’s a Zoo: Mysteries with animals
Tammy Kaehler (M)
Jennifer J. Chow
Margaret Mizushima
Cherie O'Boyle
Elena Taylor
Murder Goes Global: International mysteries and thrillers
Jane Stillwater (M)
Ana Manwaring
Greg Randall
  Improvisational Crime Fiction: Live on stage
Kathy Krevat (M)
Daryl Wood Gerber
Glen Erik Hamilton
Naomi Hirahara
Josh Stallings
4:00-4:45 PM Domestic Suspense: Crime too close to home
Greta Boris (M)
Valerie Geary
Edwin Hill
Jamie Mason
Heather Young
Politics: A deadly business
Nancie Clare (M)
John Billheimer
Lisa Brackmann
Alan Orloff
Matt Quirk
From Author to Audiobooks: What does it take to make a great product?
Jessica Kaye (M)
Nathan Agin
Laurie Fagen
Deborah J. Ledford
Sandra Murphy
Mara Purl
  Forensics, Science, and Medicine in Mysteries
Michele Drier (M)
Paula Bernstein
Lauri Broadbent
Sheila Lowe
Kathleen Valenti
5:30-7:00 PM Cash Bars (Foyer, Pavillion Patio)
7:00-9:00 PM Awards Banquet (Rio Vista A-H)

Time Rio Vista A-D Rio Vista E Rio Vista F-H Sierra 5-6 Cabrillo
9:00-9:45 AM
Things That Go Bump in the Night: Paranormal mysteries
Oline Cogdill (M)
Wendy Fallon
Margaret Morse
Sandy Wright
Call the Cops: How police procedurals get it right or not
Virginia Kidd (M)
Scott Kikkawa
James L’Etoile
Celebrating the Short Story: When less is more
MH Callway (M)
Dale Berry
Amy Drayer
Rob Pierce
Kate Thornton
10:15-11:00 AM Heaven Help Us: Religion and Spirituality in Mystery
Laurie R. King (M)
Patrick Coleman
William Kent Krueger
Ilene Schneider
  Split Personality: Writing in Multiple Genres
Cherie O’Boyle (M)
HelenKay Dimon
Daryl Wood Gerber
Silvia Moreno-Garcia
Eileen Rendahl
How You Can Be Part of Left Coast Crime!
Lucinda Surber (M)
Kim Keeline
Left Coast Crime Standing Committee Members
11:30-12:30 PM Final Guest of Honor Panel (Rio Vista A-D)
Kellye Garrett (M), Matt Coyle, Rachel Howzell Hall, Catriona McPherson, Kristopher Zgorski
12:30 PM So long, farewell, auf Wiedersehen, goodbye…See you next year in Albuquerque, New Mexico: Southwest Sleuths