Poisoned Pen Conference / Rebusfest! Sept 2nd & 3rd

September 2, 2018 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Arizona Biltmore, A Waldorf Astoria Resort
2400 E Missouri Ave
Phoenix, AZ 85016
The Poisoned Pen Bookstore

Guest of Honor:

Ian Rankin

Celebrating 30th Years of Publishing in the U.S.

Hosts: Hank Phillippi Ryan, James Sallis & Dana Stabenow!

 A two-day conference for fans and aspiring writers!

Book signings, swag! Editor’s panel.. and more

Sunday night concert with James Sallis and his band,

Three-Legged Dog

Sunday Sept. 2nd 9am-5pm

 Monday Sept. 3rd 9-3:45pm

To register: click here

or call 480-947-2974 or 888-560-9919
Registration Fee: $125 (includes both days)
**Seats are limited! Prepayment required.**

Location: The Arizona Biltmore
2400 E Missouri Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85016

For Preferred room rates please go to
http://www.arizonabiltmore.com/ use code: 2726435


Hank Phillippi Ryan     James Sallis     Dana Stabenow


James R Benn                 Mark De Castrique        Warren Easley


Mary Anna Evans          Tim Hallinan         Mette Ivie Harrison
Annie Hogsett          Stephen Mack Jones      Thomas Kies
Sujata Massey           Francine Mathews         John Straley
David Wagner               Tina Whittle                   Reavis Z. Wortham

Schedule of Events


9:15-10:00 AM The History Beat –Stabenow, Mathews, Benn

10:15-11:00 AM The City Beat – Easley, Evans, Hogsett, Jones

Lunch on Your Own

12:15-1:00 PM The Editor’s Beat – Juliet Grames, Annette Rogers with Barbara Peters

1:15-2:00 PM The International Beat – Hallinan, Massey, Wagner

2:15-3:00 PM Stabenow and Straley Talk Alaska Mystery

3:15-4:00 PM Researching Your Beat – Benn, Massey, Wagner, Wortham

4:15-5:15 Agatha Christie Tea – Host: Hank Phillippi Ryan

Speaker on her Christie research project: Mary Anna Evans

Quizzes, Prizes, Wear a Fascinator


8:00-9 AM Pitch Session – Writers to editors Juliet Grames (Soho) and Annette Rogers (PPP).   Like speed dating:  15 five-minute slots.  Pitch your book idea to a pro!

9:15-10 AM Sleuths and the Media – DeCastrique, Kies, Ryan

10:15-11:00 AM The Burglar vs Cops and a Lawyer – Cops: DeCastrique, Mathews, Wortham. Lawyer: Easley. The Burglar: Hallinan

11:15-12:00 PM Unconventional Women –  Harrison, Hogsett, Kies, Whittle

12:15 – 1:45 Lunch

James Sallis Interviews Ian Rankin

2:00-3:30 PM Ian Rankin Talks Scottish Literature and His Career