The P.I. Calendar

Okay, okay, I know. This page is occasionally out-of-date, but we’re doing much much better than we used to. If you’ve got a relevant event — a convention, a fan event, a Noir-at-the-Bar, a mystery-writing course or something — coming up, tell me… Or at least put me on your mailing list, if you’re organized enough to have one. If your event is not listed here, it might not be my fault.

Sorry, authors, I’m not looking for individual book signings, though — that way would lead to madness.

NOTE: Due the ongoing concerns over the spread of the COVID-19 virus, many events have been cancelled or postponed. I’ll relay what I know. A lot of organizers are stalling, however, hoping to proceed as planned, but I think they’re mostly kidding themselves–or stalling for time, waiting for a miracle. Before you book rooms, rent cars, book flights or anything, it’s best to check directly with the event’s organizers for any updates. (Now if only they’d update their fucking web sites!)

I’m also trying to list as many virtual events as possible, but if you don’t tell me, I can’t pass it on.


  • Noir City: Boston
    Boston, MA
    June 12-14, 2020
  • Virtual ThrillerFest XV – 2020
    July 6-14, 2020
    The International Thriller Writers (ITW)  have switched gears, and are now hosting a Virtual ThrillerFest. They have plans for a Mega CraftFest, Pitching and Consulting Sessions, CareerFest, Master Class, a Debut Author Presentation, the Thriller Awards, and a host of other activities.
  • Miss Fisher Con 2020
    Richmond, Virginia
    July 9-11, 2020
  • PulpFest
    Pittsburgh, PA

    August 6- 9, 2020
    The annual convention that celebrates the popular fiction and art of the early twentieth century found in pulp magazines will focus on  the 100th anniversary of the birth of Ray Bradbury; the centennial of Black Mask magazine, and the 120th anniversary of Weird Tales cover artist Margaret Brundage.
  • NoirCon 2020
    Los Angeles, CA
    September 11 – 13, 2020
  • The Windy City Pulp & Paperback Convention
    September 11-13, 2020
    Chicago, IL
  • Noir City: Detroit
    Detroit, MI
    September 18-20, 2020
  • Banned Book Week
    September 27-October 3, 2020
    Don’t work for the Clampdown! And check out our Naughty List of detective, crime and mystery novels that have been banned at one time or another.
  • Bouchercon 2020: Where Murder is a Capitol Crime
    Sacramento, CA
    October 15-18, 2020
  • Pulp Adventurecon 2020
    Mt. Laurel, New Jersey
    November 7, 2020
    You’ll be superamalgamated when you see the wide variety of paper collectibles on display at Pulp Adventurecon — a one-day show, held annually in two locations, and sponsored by Bold Venture Press, publishers of new and classic pulp fiction.



Is your event not listed? Don’t be afraid — just call me

Respectfully compiled by Kevin Burton Smith. Missing something? Let me know.

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