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Welcome to Sacramento in 2020!


February 2019

A warm welcome to all of you who have registered for Bouchercon 2020 in Sacramento. We’re delighted you have chosen to attend this great gathering of mystery readers and writers. We have wonderful authors coming to join us, and October is an ideal time to visit Sacramento, City of Trees, when the leaves are just beginning to turn and the temperature is typically in the high seventies.
 
Since you’re registered, you already know we have outstanding special guests. Their works represent an enticing range extending from the legal world of Scott Turow to the Victorian environment of Anne Perry to the streets of Paris brought to life by Cara Black. Add to that the wide scope of Walter Mosley, one of the most versatile and admired writers In America today, and you have a gathering of authors to delight any reading taste. You may also already be familiar with the fan guest of honor, Janet A. Rudolph. She edits Mystery Readers Journal and writes a blog at MysteryFanfare.com. (You can also dip into her blog Dying for Chocolate, but it does tend to stimulate serious chocolate craving.)
 
As we look ahead to the fall of 2020, our planners are busy scheduling panels and activities to create the ideal experience for you. Co-chairs of our active local committee are Rae James and Michele Drier, both mystery authors.

 

Rae James
Bouchercon 2020 co-chair
Michele Drier
Bouchercon 2020 co-chair
With their leadership, planning for many presentations and activities is underway. To follow our developing plans, keep up with us online and watch for occasional email newsletters. These links mark the places you can find our latest news:

Website: Bouchercon2020.org
Facebook: Bouchercon 2020
YouTube: Bouchercon 2020 — Sacramento
Visit Sacramento — Bouchercon 2020

On our internet sites, you’ll find an array of information.
  • Watch short videos on our You Tube channel from mystery authors and from fans who have attended previous Bouchercons.
     
  • On the website blog you’ll find regular posts with comments from authors you love, tips for getting the most from your conference experience, and suggestions on what to see in the Sacramento and Northern California area.
     
  • If you plan to come early or stay late to see more of Sacramento, you’ll enjoy the video of events under the heading Visit Sacramento. The video includes a link to the Super Shuttle for travel from the airport to your hotel with special rates for those who attend Bouchercon.
     
  • Review the list of attendees to find friends also registered for the conference.
The two conference hotels, the Hyatt Regency and the Sheraton Grand, stand shoulder to shoulder across a pedestrian street, offering easy access from one to another. Though most panels and presentations are in the conference hotels, both the Opening Ceremonies and the Awards Dinner will take place at the beautiful Memorial Auditorium, two and a half blocks away. (Don’t worry; free shuttles will take all who want to ride.) 
A classic building, the 1927 Auditorium was nominated to the National Register of Historic Places in 1977. The auditorium is being renovated as we write; it reopens this summer with current features, including ones that promote accessibility.
 
We know you are coming to Sacramento to attend Bouchercon 2020, and that event will be splendid, stimulating, and satisfying.  You don’t need any more. Still, one of the teasing nicknames for Sacramento is “You can get there from here.” If you have the time, add a few days onto your trip to visit northern California. Here’s the scoop in drive time:
 
  • Two hours to San Francisco
  • Two hours to Lake Tahoe
  • One-and-a-half hours to Sonoma wine country
  • A lovely three-and-a-half hours to Yosemite National Park (check with the Park for any entry restrictions)
  • Four hours to Cabot Cove, Maine. Oh, okay, Mendocino, the Pacific coast city that played the role of Cabot Cove in Murder, She Wrote. See Jessica Fletcher’s house, Noyo Harbor, and the beautiful village of Mendocino (http://www.mendocino.com/?id=455).
Thank you for registering for Bouchercon 2020, Where Murder Is a Capitol Crime. We are looking forward to seeing you and sharing together the excitement of the latest in mystery reading.

Bouchercon 2020
 
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