Murder in the Magic City is a mystery conference for fans of all sub-genres of mystery novels.  Our conference consists of panel discussions and presentations by our Guests of Honor. Lunch, coffee and doughnuts, sodas, and a "goody bag" are included in the registration fee. In addition, we have a basket auction each year for charity. Baskets consist of at least one book and items related to that book/theme.

Why the "Magic City"? When Birmingham was founded around 1871, it grew so fast that people said it happened "just like magic". Currently, Birmingham is Alabama's largest city. There are lots of fun things to do here. We have a fantastic Museum of Art, and the Civil Rights Institute is a great visit. Of course, no trip to Birmingham would be complete without seeing Vulcan, our naked statue, made even more famous by the late mystery writer, Anne George.

For a complete list of what's going on in Birmingham, visit the Birmingham Convention and Visitors Bureau website.


Schedule for Murder In The Magic City 2022

 9:00 Registration opens
9:30 Welcome
9:40 -10:25  SESSION ONE: J.K. Kennedy, Bobby Mathews, J. Michael Orenduff, and Charles Salzberg
10:30-11:00   Guest of Honor TARA LASKOWSKI interviewed by Art Taylor
11:00-11:30  Break/Signing:  Session one and Tara Laskowski (sign on stage)
11:30 Lunch is served
12:00-12:30  Guest of Honor ART TAYLOR interviewed by Tara Laskowski
12:30-1:15  SESSION TWO:  Mary Dutta, Margaret Fenton, Debra Goldstein, and Christopher Swann
1:15-1:45  Break/Signing: Session two and Art Taylor (sign in Book Room)
2:00-2:45  SESSION THREE:  Melissa Bourbon/Winnie Archer, V.M. Burns, Victoria Gilbert, Diane Kelly, and S.C. Merritt
3:00 BASKET AUCTION ENDS
3:00-3:45   SESSION FOUR: Bryan Gill, Greg Herren, C. Matthew Smith, Michael Wiley
3:45  Announcement of Basket Auction Winners
4:00-4:30  Signing Sessions Three and Four (in book room)