In addition to our annual conference, we also host a few smaller events throughout the year. See our list of upcoming events below and subscribe to our newsletter to be notified about future events.

Annual Conference

November 11, 2023, 9:00-5:00p

Roosevelt University, 430 S. Michigan, 2nd fl, Chicago, IL

Our in-person conference is back! This one-day event is ideal for crime fiction readers, writers, and publishing pros. With a single track of panels and keynote conversations, the Midwest Mystery Conference is a great opportunity to connect with your favorite authors, and meet a few new ones!

The venue is fully accessible and registration includes a tote bag full of books and goodies!


8:30a-9:15a: Check in / Registration

9:15a – Opening remarks from Midwest Mystery Conference organizers Dana Kaye, Lori Rader-Day, and Tracy Clark

9:30-10:15a – Starting with a Bang: Thrillers

  • Jen Collins Moore, moderator
  • Tracy Clark
  • Tori Eldridge
  • Mindy Mejia
  • Nick Petrie

10:30-11:15a – Murder Among Friends; Cozies

  • Julie Hennrikus, moderator
  • Juneau Black (Sharon Nagel and Jocelyn Cole)
  • JC Kenney
  • Mia Manansala
  • Mindy Quigley

11:30a-12:15p – First-Time Thrills: Debuts

  • Tracy Clark, moderator
  • Lina Chern
  • Cindy Fazzi
  • Rebecca McKanna
  • Kate Robards

12:15-1:45p – Lunch on your own or with Sisters in Crime Chicagoland and Cheryl Head

1:45-2:30p – The Inside Buzz on Audiobooks

  • Eleanor Imbody, moderator
  • Amy Deuchler
  • Anne Marie Lewis
  • Shaina Summerville
  • Marcus Zarco

2:45-3:30p – The Past Isn’t Even Past: Historicals

  • Susanna Calkins, moderator
  • Dianne Freeman
  • Cheryl Head
  • Anna Lee Huber
  • Mary Winters

3:45-4:30p – From Inside the House: Psychological/Domestic Thrillers

  • Keir Graff, moderator
  • Sean Doolittle
  • Carol Dunbar
  • Lori Rader-Day
  • Tony Wirt

4:30-4:45p – Closing remarks from Dana, Lori, Tracy

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Thank you to our 2023 sponsors!