My husband snores gently on the hotel bed behind me. The hotel hallways are mostly empty, the staff still cheerful after four days of writers and readers running them ragged. In a small room off the main hall, organizers are already prepping for next year. And I am having all the feels.

* Grateful for the time graciously shared by everyone from first-time attendees to multi-award winners to guests of honor (Glen Erik Hamilton, Dru Ann Love, Ellen Byron, Sujata Massey, and J.A. Jance).
* Grateful to the staff who held up under our onslaught of demands: food! drink! COFFEE!!!!!!
* Inspired and ass-kicked by turns to
* Excited by all the new-to-me writers I’ve discovered this year.
* Proud that attendees keep voting for awards earned by the talented writers of color who push the boundaries of crime fiction.

Tomorrow we go back home, weather and airline vagaries permitting. This afternoon I’ll just keep feeling all the feels. See you in Bellevue, WA next year?

picture of the author Mysti Berry
Happy to be at the signing tables at Left Coast Crime 2023
picture of attendees listed in caption
Kim Keeline (moderator), Holly West, Elizabeth Crowens, Sarah M. Chen, and Mysti, ready to talk about anthologies!
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5 Replies

  1. Hear hear!! 👍👍
    Wonderful summation, Mysti! Thanks for putting your gratitudes down in words. Much to be grateful for!
    I second your list, and for my own would probably add: “Grateful for the booksellers who carried all the books, so I could fill a small duffle with award-winning novels, debut books, and new works by old friends.”
    It was a wonderful conference, and wonderful to see and chat with so many folks (including you and Dale)! ❤️

  2. Very good to see you there, Mysti, and to enjoy a most excellent conference. Kudos to everyone who was involved in planning, organizing, running, and participating in this year’s Left Coast Crime!

  3. Sorry to Have missed such a stimulating and warm event. Thanks for the summary,Mysti, and here’s to next year!

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