Now is the time for all good volunteers to come to the aid of the Bouchercon.

Yes, we know it’s very late. There’s nothing we can do about that now.

Jodi Dabson Bollendorf and Kate Buker have stepped in at this late date to try to match people with jobs they’d like to do. We need volunteers for the registration desk, the signing room, and in panel rooms.

People can work at the registration desk on Wednesday from 2 pm until 7 pm, and on Thursday from 8 am until 5:30 pm, and on Friday from 8 am until midafternoon. Working at the registration desk entails handing out nametags and bookbags. It’s a great way to meet a lot of people in a short time.

We need room monitors for each of the 90 panels from Thursday noon until Sunday at 11:30 am. The room monitor’s job starts shortly before the panel, making sure that there are working microphones, fresh water glasses and water, and the correct author name tents on the table. During the panel, the room monitor alerts the moderator when there are15, 5, and then no minutes left. Room monitors will be matched with the panels of their choice wherever possible, on a first come first served basis.

People can work in the signing room before and during signings, assisting Al Abramson in getting the author name tents to the right places, keeping signing lines sane, and helping people find their way.

If you are willing to volunteer, we need to know when you can help, and what job(s) you’d like to do. Room monitor volunteers please list the panels you want by panel title and by day and time. The panel schedule can be found by clicking the blood drop on the right. We want t

o give people their first choices as often as possible, so please email us as soon as you know you want to volunteer. Emails received by Thursday evening will get a response and assignment by Sept 24. Emails requests received after that date will be filled as best we can.

Please email Jodi if your last name begins with A - I. Please email Kate if your last name begins with J – Z.

A – I email Jodi at

J – Z email Kate at

Thank you. We appreciate everyone’s help very much, see for more information.


NEWEST UPDATE: The panel schedule is now online. There will be some changes as authors change plans, but you can start planning your Bouchercon schedule now. Go to the Panel Schedule page to see them and the Panel Schedule by Author page to see where your favorites will be appearing.

*In case you were worried about purchasing a ticket for the "Anthony Banquet," we're not holding a banquet, but including the Awards ceremony and celebrations in your registration.

*Robert B. Parker will not be able join us to pick up his Lifetime Achievement Award at Bouchercon this year. We obviously can't replace Mr. Parker, but we've asked Joseph Wambaugh to be an additional Special Guest. You'll be able to celebrate the careers of two giants in the field at the same Bouchercon!

*If you need to cancel we'll still refund your registration if you e-mail by September 15, 2006. If you've already e-mailed but haven't heard back, don't worry! We'll get your refund out as soon as possible.

Click on the blood drops at the right side of the page to get all the information you'll need. See you in Madison!