By Oline Cogdill

Each year, Bouchercon—the worldwide mystery convention—honors authors with its highly respected Anthony Award.

But the convention also honors those who toil behind the scenes.

This year Jenn and Don Longmuir are the recipients of the 2019 David Thompson Memorial Special Service Award. All the awards will be presented during the 2019 Bouchercon to be held Oct. 31 through Nov. 3 in Dallas. This marks the 50th anniversary of Bouchercon.

The Longmuirs have been fixtures in the crime fiction community for more than a quarter-century. The couple owns and runs Scene of the Crime Books in St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada, and they have been book room organizers, book sellers and attendees at mystery conventions across North America. Don Longmuir also served on the Bouchercon Board for five years.

The David Thompson Memorial Special Service Award is given by the Bouchercon Board to honor the memory and contributions to the crime fiction community of David Thompson, a Houston bookseller who passed away in 2010. Recipients are recognized for their "extraordinary efforts to develop and promote the crime fiction field."

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