Crime Fiction Events

Welcome to the Crime Fiction Lover events diary. Below you’ll find a listing of the key festivals coming up from all round the world. Maybe we’ll see you at one of them! If you’re an event organiser and would like us to list it, send us an email via our Contact page.

Noir-ConNOIRCON 2014

30 October – 2 November 2014
Society Hill Playhouse, Philadelphia PA
NOIRCON is a biennial tribute to all things noir from literature to film to art and poetry. The programme includes panel discussions, parties, movie showings, an awards banquet on the banks of the Delaware. Japanese author Fuminori Nakamura will be there to receive the David Goodis Award, and recognition will also be given to Soho Publishing, Otto Penzler of Mysterious Books.There will be a showing of the 1951 noir film The Prowler as well.

Krimifestival München

Nele Neuhaus

Nele Neuhaus

8 September – 13 November 2014
Various venues across the city
Tickets: from €10
Munich’s crime fiction festival takes a decentralised approach compared to similar events, and it occurs across three months. Nevertheless, this autumn’s gatherings have attracted international writers such as Karin Slaughter (8 September), Peter James (12 October) and Denise Mina (28 October), as well as German authors like Nele Neuhaus (1 November). They’ll be giving talks about their crime writing at different venues around the Bavarian capital. For a full listing of events click here. Krimifestival has been described as one of the largest crime fiction festivals in the world, and runs in both the autumn and spring each year.

St AlbansSt Albans Literary Festival

7 November 2014
Dagnall Street Baptist Church, Cross Street, St Albans AL3 5EE
Tickets: £12.50, £10 concessions
Local writer Leigh Russell, creator of the Geraldine Steel series of crime novels, joins two best-selling fellow novelists for what promises to be a fascinating evening. Ben Aaronovitch’s London policeman, Peter Grant, has a devoted following, while James Runcie has, not surprisingly, based his series around the clergyman-detective, Canon Sidney Chambers. BBC presenter Martine Croxall is in the chair, and the evening will end with live jazz from Lou’s Sextet. The event is sponsored by No Exit Press.
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CSI Portsmouth

8 November 2014
The National Museum of The Royal Navy, Portsmouth
Tickets: TBA
The crime authors and crime experts taking part in CSI Portsmouth 2014 will be announced in July with tickets going on sale in September. Along with the panel guests there will be a mock up crime scene provided by forensic students from South Downs College; the fingerprint bureau from Hampshire Police and a forensic entomology display provided by the Institute for Criminal Justice Studies, Portsmouth University.

BoucherconBouchercon 2014

13-16 November 2014
Various venues in Long Beach, California
Tickets: from $175
Bouchercon is the Annual World Mystery Convention, where every year readers, writers, publishers, editors, agents, booksellers and other lovers of crime fiction gather for a long weekend of education, entertainment, and fun. This year’s convention includes contributions from a range of authors, including JA Jance, Edward Marston and Jeffery Deaver.

Literary Supper

19 November 2014
Cambridge Masonic Lodge – 6.45 pm
Tickets (including two-course meal) £22
This event is hosted by Wintercomfort, a charity dedicated to providing warmth food and shelter for homeless people in Cambridge at the hardest time of year. The special guest is novelist Sophie Hannah, who has revived Hercule Poirot in her recent book, The Monogram Murders. She will be talking about switching between writing contemporary psychological thrillers and the Golden Age of Hercule Poirot. For further information, phone 01223 518140, email, or visit the Wintercomfort website

Iceland Noir

20-23 November 2014
The Nordic House, Reykjavik
Tickets: from £30
Organised by the crime authors Quentin Bates, Ragnar Jónasson and Yrsa Sigurðardóttir this festival explores not just the best of Icelandic and Iceland-based crime fiction, but the genre worldwide. This year confirmed guests include Viktor Arnar Ingolfsson, Peter James, William Ryan, Michael Ridpath, Mari Hannah and Johan Theorin. You’ll be able to go on excursions to see the Northern Lights, and Yrsa Sigurðardóttir is offering a tour of the great Snæfellsjökull glacier which features in her Snæfellsnes mysteries.

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