Tuesday, March 14, 2006



Join Your Favorite Bestselling Thriller Authors at ThrillerFest 2006—The First All-Thriller Reader/Author Conference in History

Lunch With R.L. Stine, Go to Jack Reacher's Trial, Learn How David Morrell's FIRST BLOOD Became a Movie, Follow Tess Gerritsen's Team of Forensic Investigators, Dine (Not Die) With John Lescroart, Attend the Thriller Awards Banquet, Rub Shoulders With Sandra Brown, Brad Meltzer and Doug Preston, Be There For the Debut of the THRILLER Anthology.

(PRWEB) March 14, 2006—Where will your favorite thriller authors be this June? At ThrillerFest, the biggest thriller conference ever, hosted by the International Thriller Writers (ITW) at the world-class Arizona Biltmore Resort in Phoenix, Arizona from June 29-July 2, 2006.

"ThrillerFest is the first major all-thriller reader/author conference in history. We've arranged many exciting presentations that bring together so many bestselling authors that I'm reminded of the MGM film studio which used to say that they had more stars than in the heavens," says ITW co-president and bestselling author David Morrell.

“This is the first three-dimensional literary conference,” explains author MJ Rose, member of the ITW Board of Directors and Chair of Marketing Committee. “We are not just talking heads on panels. We have Lee Child’s Jack Reacher on trial, a mock autopsy by Tess Gerritsen. Don’t worry, we aren’t requesting volunteers for that one. For the first time ever at a conference, we will have both readers and authors on panels together.”

During the conference, ITW will unveil the first pure thriller anthology—THRILLER (MIRA Books, June 2006) edited by mega-bestselling author James Patterson and New York Times best-selling authors Steve Berry as managing editor with Gayle Lynds as inaugural editor. Between the covers, you'll discover more than 30 riveting stories from some of the best thriller authors at work today.

“And because ITW is committed to empowering up-and-coming authors with the tools they need to succeed in the industry,” says ITW co-president and bestselling author Lynds, “we have 10 free craft panels with some of the biggest writers and editors in the business.”

ITW also will present its first Thriller awards, covering five categories: The Distinguished Literature Award; Best Novel; Best First Novel; Best Paperback Original and Best Script. The top five finalists in each category will be announced at Left Coast of Crime in Bristol England (Mar. 16-19, 2006). Winners will be revealed at a gala banquet at ThrillerFest.

Spotlight guests include Sandra Brown, John Lescroart, Brad Meltzer, Douglas Preston, and RL Stine, along with numerous attending authors such as Lee Child, Tess Gerritsen, Gayle Lynds, David Morrell, M.J. Rose, Joseph Finder, Linda Fairstein, M. Diane Vogt, Dale Brown, James Rollins, Gregg Hurwitz, C.J. Lyons, Katherine Neville, Steve Berry, Michael Palmer, David Liss, Paul Levine, P.J. Parrish, Barry Eisler, JA Konrath, David Dun, Lee Goldberg, David Hewson, Michele Martinez, and many others.

Founded in October 2004, at the Bouchercon World Suspense Conference in Toronto, Canada, the International Thriller Writers boasts a membership of more than 300 authors (many of whom are New York Times bestsellers) with worldwide sales exceeding 1.6 billion books.

Registration for ThrillerFest is open to ITW members and non-members. ITW has reserved a limited block of rooms at the celebrated Arizona Biltmore Resort (where the event is being held), designed by renowned architect Frank Lloyd Wright, at a specially discounted rate of $109 per night.

For information about ITW, go to www.ThrillerWriters.org. To register for ThrillerFest, go to www.ThrillerWriters.org/thrillerfest.

More ITW links:
Q&A: TL HINES (Waking Lazarus)
Q&A: ROBERT LIPARULO (Comes a Horseman)
Q&A: VICKI HINZE (Bulletproof Princess)

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