Spotlight: Thrillfest 2009 coming to New York!

18 Jun

Hey guys and girls, here’s something to look forward to for those of you who call the Big Apple home! 🙂 Author Shane Briant (reviewed his novel, Worst Nightmares, here and interviewed him here) will also be attending! Here are the details:

The city’s dark alleys will get even darker when the most spine-tingling and pulse-pounding event of the year for fiction’s most popular genre returns to the Big Apple. ThrillerFest 2009 promises to be the biggest yet with over 200 of the best-loved and bestselling authors invading The Grand Hyatt in New York from July 8-11 for a four-day extravaganza to mix and mingle with fellow shock-smiths, budding writers and fans.

Now in its fourth year, ThrillerFest is the brainchild of International Thriller Writers, Inc. (ITW). According to Jon Land, Vice President of Marketing for ITW, ThrillerFest is unique for its spirit of camaraderie and openness. “Where else can fans and aspiring writers mix and mingle with some of the biggest names in the business?” he says. “Not only can writers further hone and develop their craft, but they can also learn the ins and outs of the entire publishing business.” Land adds how meeting his own idol, David Morrell, at the first ThrillerFest in Phoenix, inspired him to no end, calling it “a dream come true.” Land stresses the friendly, informal atmosphere makes ThrillerFest a special experience for readers and fans.

One of the highlights of the event is the coveted ThrillerMaster Award, recognizing outstanding contribution to the thriller genre. This year’s winner is noted author David Morrell, widely considered the “father” of the contemporary action novel with his 1974 debut First Blood (which introduced the character of Rambo to the world). The award celebrates Morrell’s amazing career, spanning 37 years and 28 novels published in dozens of languages across the globe. “He’s the finest thriller writer working today,” says Steve Berry, one of ITW’s current co-presidents. “Every one of us owes him a debt of gratitude and many, myself included, learned how to craft a novel from studying his work. He is, quite simply, the best.”

The prestigious Silver Bullet Award, recognizing outstanding achievement in the encouragement of literacy and the love of reading, will be presented to the #1 New York Times bestselling suspense novelist Brad Meltzer (The Book of Fate). Recipients are chosen on an annual basis representing the corporate, literary and entertainment worlds with past winners including authors David Baldacci and R.L. Stine, publisher Tom Doherty, actor Tony Plana (Ugly Betty), the Nestle Company, Capital One and Macy’s.

Additional bestselling spotlight guests that will attend are last year’s ThrillerMaster award recipient Sandra Brown as well as Robin Cook, Katherine Neville, and David Baldacci.

The four-day event includes numerous author signings, a complete bookstore on premises, a cocktail party and reception for readers, a roasting of Clive Cussler, and a breakfast featuring first-time authors. The highlight is the annual ThrillerFest Awards Banquet, which this year will take place at Cipriani, one of New York City’s most spectacular event venues.

Some of the biggest names in the genre will be holding court with interactive panel sessions, including Kathleen Antrim, Steve Berry, Peter Rubie, William Bernhardt, James Rollins, Barry Eisler, Andrew Gross, David Hewson, Jon Land, Eric Van Lustbader, Gayle Lynds, Steve Martini, Donald Maass, Joan Johnston and many more.

ThrillerFest runs in conjunction with AgentFest, in which aspiring writers pitch their work to more than forty top literary agents, and CraftFest, offering workshops with best-selling authors. Some CraftFest workshops presented this year are “Living on the Ritz – How to Hit the Times List in Five Years or Less” with Lisa Gardner; “Creating a Series Character” with Lee Child; and “How – and Why – to Write Thrillers for Young Readers” with R.L. Stine.

Registration for ThrillerFest is open to everyone (ITW members and non-members alike). There are three separately-priced packages: CraftFest/AgentFest on Wednesday July 8; the ThrillerFest Conference from July 9 – July 11; and the Thriller Awards Banquet at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, July 11. A complete events package is also available as well as day passes. Details and a date/rate schedule can be found at

    About ThrillerFest

ThrillerFest was established to bestow recognition and promote the thriller genre at an innovative and superior level for and through the Active Members of ITW; to provide opportunities for mentoring, education and collegiality among thriller authors and industry professionals; and to grant awards for excellence in the thriller genre.

The nominations for 2009 are as follows:

      Best Thriller of the Year

    Hold Tight by Harlan Coben
    The Bodies Left Behind by Jeffery Deaver
    The Broken Window by Jeffery Deaver
    The Dark Tide by Andrew Gross
    The Last Patriot by Brad Thor

      Best First Novel

    Calumet City by Charlie Newton
    Child 44 by Tom Rob Smith
    Criminal Paradise by Steven Thomas
    Sacrifice by S. J. Bolton
    The Killer’s Wife by Bill Floyd

      Best Short Story

    Between the Dark and the Daylight by Tom Piccirilli (Ellery Queen Magazine)
    Last Island South by John C. Boland (Ellery Queen Magazine)
    The Edge of Seventeen by Alexandra Sokoloff (The Darker Mask)
    The Point Guard by Jason Pinter (Killer Year Anthology)
    Time of the Green by Ken Bruen (Killer Year Anthology)

    Thrillfest 2009 will be taking place at the Grand Hyatt, July 8-11, so if you’re in New York at that time, go check it out and take a bag-full of books with to get them signed! 🙂

    Be EPIC!

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