Come Thursday, I’ll be on a train to Raleigh, where I’ll spend the weekend at Bouchercon, memorably labeled by Nathan Detroit as the oldest established permanent floating mystery convention in the world. Here’s my scherdule for the weekend:

Friday, October 9. 2:30 pm. A panel on the influential masters of crime fiction, chaired by Mark Coggins, with Bill Crider, Megan Abbott, and Karin Slaughter. 50 minutes of discussion, followed by a signing.

7 pm. I’ll be at the Shamus Awards Banquet of the Private Eye Writers of America. (My story, “The Ehrengraf Fandango,” is on the Shamus shortlist; you can read it and the rest of the Ehrengraf stories in Defender of the Innocent. While I think my Shamus chances are slim to none, the PWA gathering’s always a treat.)

Saturday, October 10. 10am. A panel on human nature, comprised entirely of human beings: Alison Gaylin, David Housewright, and Michael Koryta, chaired by Hank Phillippi Ryan. 50 minutes, followed by a signing.

blue eyes orbik 21:45 pm. Another signing, hosted by Indiana’s own Mystery Mike.

About these signings—I’ll be autographing The Girl with the Deep Blue Eyes, just out from Hard Case Crime, picking up great reviews every day, and selling like crazy. (I love it when that happens.) If you want books from your personal collection signed, I’ll be happy to oblige—according to the rule I established years ago: For every copy of Blue Eyes you buy at the conference, I’ll sign up to three of your books. If you show up with a couple of shopping bags, you can get everything signed—but it’ll cost you.