A place for thriller fans and aspiring scribes to gather
ThrillerFestGrand Hyatt San Francisco (345 Stockton St, San Francisco, CA 94108) Map it $256
For those that like their literature to drive them to the edge the seat, this four-day celebration of thriller books, and the authors who write them is worth investigation. Featuring author panels, cocktail parties and other special events, this year's fest includes appearances by Anne Rice, R.L. Stine, Michael Connelly and T. Jefferson Parker. Would-be thrill writers may also want to explore CraftFest, a two-day series that focuses on writing skills, or AgentFest, where 50 literary agents have signed on to field story ideas in hopes of finding the next big thing.