New England Crime Bake is an annual conference celebrating the work of New England crime fiction and nonfiction authors. Registration is open to anyone, including authors (published and unpublished), readers, booksellers, librarians, agents, and publishers.
Held just outside of Boston, the conference features panels, seminars, and interviews with authors, literary agents, and experts in forensics and other fields related to writing crime fiction and nonfiction. Master classes on writing craft and partial manuscript critiques are offered for an additional fee. There are book signing events and social events with authors and agents, in addition to the festive annual Crime Bake Gala, a themed banquet and costume party.
New England Crime Bake also includes the annual Al Blanchard Award to honor the best crime short story by a New England author or set in a New England setting.
New England Crime Bake is organized by an all-volunteer committee comprised of members from the New England chapters of Sisters in Crime and Mystery Writers of America. All proceeds go to support the activities of SinCNE and MWA/NE.
Guests of Honor who have helped us celebrate writing about murder and mayhem include:
2002 Jeremiah Healy
2003 Janet Evanovich
2004 Robert B. Parker
2005 Tess Gerritsen
2006 Lisa Scottoline
2007 Lee Child
2008 Harlan Coben
2009 Sue Grafton
2010 Charlaine Harris
2011 Barry Eisler & Nancy Pickard
2012 Joseph Finder
2013 Meg Gardiner