Anthony Award nominees include Tampa’s Michael Connelly, Down & Out Books

Michael Connelly, creator and co-writer of "Bosch," poses at the season two premiere of the Amazon original series at the Pacific Design Center on March 3, 2016, in West Hollywood, Calif. The show takes its inspiration from Connelly's novels. [Photo by Chris Pizzello | Invision | AP]
Michael Connelly, creator and co-writer of "Bosch," poses at the season two premiere of the Amazon original series at the Pacific Design Center on March 3, 2016, in West Hollywood, Calif. The show takes its inspiration from Connelly's novels. [Photo by Chris Pizzello | Invision | AP]
Published May 9
Updated May 10

When the World Mystery Convention, a.k.a. Bouchercon, takes place in St. Petersburg in September and hands out its coveted Anthony Awards, the Tampa Bay Area will be well represented among the nominees.

The award nominees, announced May 9, include Tampa resident and internationally bestselling author Michael Connelly in two categories. Hes up for best novel for The Late Show, his first in a series about Los Angeles Police Department Detective Renee Ballard. And his other 2017 book, Two Kinds of Truth, the 20th in his Harry Bosch series, is nominated for the Bill Crider Award for best novel in a series.

Connelly will appear at Bouchercon, the biggest U.S. mystery fan convention, on Sept. 7, in conversation with British author Mark Billingham. Other authors appearing at the convention include Ian Rankin, Karin Slaughter, Tim Dorsey, Sara Blaedel and Lisa Unger.

The Anthony Awards ceremony takes place Sept. 8.

Among the Anthony nominees for best anthology are three books published by Down & Out Books, an independent publisher of literary and crime fiction based in Tampa. Its contenders are Killing Malmon, Coast to Coast: Private Eyes from Sea to Shining Sea and Passport to Murder, Bouchercon Anthology 2017.

Bouchercon 2018 will take place at the Vinoy Renaissance Resort & Golf Club in St. Petersburg Sept. 6-9. For a complete list of Anthony Award nominees, information about the convention and registration, go to bouchercon2018.com.

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