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GenreBouchercon_header_cell_0_1_0 MysteryBouchercon_cell_0_1_1
Location(s)Bouchercon_header_cell_0_2_0 Most recent held virtually, hosted from Sacramento, California, October 16-17, 2020Bouchercon_cell_0_2_1
CountryBouchercon_header_cell_0_3_0 United StatesBouchercon_cell_0_3_1
InauguratedBouchercon_header_cell_0_4_0 1970Bouchercon_cell_0_4_1
WebsiteBouchercon_header_cell_0_5_0 Bouchercon_cell_0_5_1

Bouchercon, the Anthony Boucher Memorial World Mystery Convention, is an annual convention of creators and devotees of mystery and detective fiction. Bouchercon_sentence_0

It is named in honour of writer, reviewer, and editor Anthony Boucher, and pronounced the way he pronounced his name, rhyming with "voucher". Bouchercon_sentence_1

It is held annually in Autumn, each year being hosted in a different city by a different group of volunteers. Bouchercon_sentence_2

The convention typically starts on Thursday and finishes on Sunday. Bouchercon_sentence_3

Each year, Bouchercon nominates and votes the Anthony Awards for excellence in crime fiction, including: Best Novel, Best First Novel, Best Short Story, Best Critical Non-Fiction, and Best Paperback Original. Bouchercon_sentence_4

People who attend are fans, authors, agents, booksellers, publishers and other people who read and enjoy mystery and crime fiction. Bouchercon_sentence_5

The first one was held in Santa Monica, California in 1970. Bouchercon_sentence_6

The guest of honor was Robert Bloch of Psycho fame. Bouchercon_sentence_7

Registered attendees of each Bouchercon are designated as 'members', and vote at the annual business meeting (held during the convention) on necessary business items. Bouchercon_sentence_8

Bouchercon's governing body is its standing committee, which changes year to year, being made up of people who have hosted and will host the convention, and three at large members who are elected by the membership. Bouchercon_sentence_9

Awards Bouchercon_section_0

Main article: Anthony Awards Bouchercon_sentence_10

The Anthony Awards are literary awards for mystery writers presented at the Bouchercon World Mystery Convention since 1986. Bouchercon_sentence_11

The awards are named for Anthony Boucher (1911–1968), one of the founders of the Mystery Writers of America. Bouchercon_sentence_12

List of Bouchercons Bouchercon_section_1

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