Friday, February 13, 2015
12:13 pm est
Thanks so much for checking out our website and for your interest in Bouchercon 2015! I'm writing to alert you to important
dates and news items regarding our hotel rooms, transportation, social media, and registration numbers.
Panel Request Deadline
If you would like to
be considered as a panelist for our convention, you absolutely must register by May 1. Our programming team is filling
our program grid as I write this note with registered authors who have paid in full and completed the Bouchercon 2015 Author/Panelist
Survey. We currently have 230 authors who have registered and completed the survey, and so space on panels is quickly vanishing.
While May 1 is the de facto deadline, you would be wise to register before
this if you are serious about trying to get on a panel. Upon completion of your registration, you'll be prompted to complete
3rd Hotel Now Taking Reservations
Our two primary hotels (the Sheraton and the Marriott) are full. You may find a room or two at the Marriott, but we're at
95-98% capacity. The Sheraton was at 100% capacity in December 2014.
So where to stay?
The Holiday Inn City Center has opened our reservation block at the rate of $119/night for Thursday to Sunday. Please understand our block at the Holiday Inn is only for Thursday,
Friday, Saturday, checking out Sunday. If you try to book outside of those dates, you may have trouble getting our convention
Raleigh's R Line
Raleigh's free R Line buses are up and running. There are 20 locations to board the R Line. Location "R 13" is at the Sheraton and Marriott
hotels. Location "R 9" is a block south of the Holiday Inn City Center. It's a convenient, free way to get around
downtown Raleigh, so check out their website.
Bouchercon on Twitter and Facebook
Finally, our Bouchercon Facebook and Twitter feeds are up and running, and we've been posting a lot of information and news items via those resources. "Like"
and "Follow" to tap into more frequent updates and news about this year's convention.
Bottom Line Numbers
presently at 660 registered attendees, and so we are on target to hit our window of 1300-1500 attendees by our convention
As always, if you have questions or concerns
don't hesitate to reach out. Our full list of contacts for volunteers may be found on our "About Us" page.
Thanks so much. We look forward to seeing you in Raleigh!
Chair, Bouchercon 2015
Wednesday, September 25, 2013
9:15 am edt
Hey, folks, welcome to our website and our second official Bouchercon
2015 update. There is much to report on that has materialized in the past year of planning. Perhaps the biggest news is that:
These rooms will sell out early. Bouchercon 2015 will
be a two-hotel convention, but the Sheraton will be where we'll house the book room, registration tables, and host three of
our panel rooms. So if you want a hotel room where the main action will be, we encourage you to reserve your Sheraton hotel
We are thrilled and honored to have the folks we have
as Guests of Honor for Raleigh, the first Bouchercon ever (in our nearly 50-year history) to be held in the American South,
and our review and selection process was weighted heavily toward GoH's who share some connection to the South.
If you are interested in volunteering at our registration/check-in
tables, as a panel-room usher, as a bag stuffer, or in any other key volunteer position for Raleigh's Bouchercon 2015, you
need to join this group. The Facebook group will be our main line of communication with volunteers.
Finally, I would like to close with a photograph from this past weekend at the brilliantly organized
Bouchercon in Albany. Special thanks to Ingrid Willis, Stan Ulrich, and Lucinda Surber for giving up their seat in the Bouchercon
van on a rainy Saturday night so that Sue Grafton (yes, that Sue Grafton!) didn't have to walk from the Albany convention
center to the hotel in the rain. Sue was kind enough to let me have a photo with her for giving her a ride in the rain.
Bouchercon, it's about making memories!
Stacey Cochran and Sue Grafton
Friday, May 11, 2012
Bouchercon - Early Updates
12:25 pm edt
Well, this is the first official blog post for Bouchercon 2015
in Raleigh, North Carolina. We're happy to welcome you to one of America's fastest-growing and most highly recommended cities
in which to work and live. Raleigh is a short two-hour drive from the coast, and our convention hotel is in the heart of the
thriving downtown district.
We have officially named
Kathy Reichs and Tom Franklin as our American Guests of Honor and Lori Armstrong and Sean Doolittle as Toastmasters. Registration
is now available.
We encourage you to register early
as the cost will increase closer to the convention dates and as our early budget for planning depends entirely on registrations
like yours. So check out the link over on the left and register early.
If you have any questions, don't hesitate to contact us. Thanks so much for visiting. We look forward to seeing you