I debated whether I wanted to go this year and went back and forth regarding my decision. After going to Malice two times, I wanted to go back to Left Coast Crime, which was being held in San Diego from March 12-15. However, I waited too late to try to sign up and the conference hotel was full. Deciding I didn't want to have to stay in a hotel several blocks away, I unhappily stayed home. Turned out it was a good thing as it was cancelled soon after it began by the city of San Diego.
|Left Coast Crime 2020|
These mystery conferences are sponsored and put on by all-volunteer non-profit organizations. Each group also raises funds for literacy charities. Malice Domestic is held each year in Bethesda, Maryland and they have a very faithful set of individuals who work hard to see that mystery authors and fans have a great time. Left Coast Crime is also arranged and run by an all-volunteer crew, but the city changes each year. The only requirement is that the host city be in the 'Left' part of the US - Mountain time or west of that.
The Left Coast 'Lefty' Awards were voted on and announced virtually and you can check them out here. I do feel so sorry for the hardworking committee that spent so much time planning and making sure this conference would be wonderful. I remember being told about it and invited to attend by author Kathy Krevat, who served as the 'registrar'.
Next year, Left Coast Crime will be held in Albuquerque, New Mexico, April 8-11, 2021. I'm definitely planning on attending. All are invited!
|Left Coast Crime 2021|
As the situation changed, the Malice Domestic organizers at first thought to postpone the 2020 conference, which was to be held from May 1-3, 2020. However, eventually they decided to also cancel the conference for this year. The Agatha Awards will still be given and the nominated books will be voted on and the award winners announced in a special live streamed event. Next year, the 33rd annual Malice Domestic will be held April 29-May 2, 2021. I may consider attending that one as well. If you're going to be around, you should think about attending. It's a great conference and a lot of fun!
Other mystery awards, such as the Edgars, will still be presented in some manner, but decisions regarding that are up in the air. The summer and fall mystery conferences are also in the 'to be decided' category. Bouchercon 2020, the largest mystery conference, is scheduled to be held in Sacramento on October 15-18. Only time will tell what will happen.
Otherwise, hope everyone reading here will be safe, sensible, and remain healthy. Thanks for stopping by!