Hello again! Miss me, did you? Uh—it's John. John Connolly. Connolly. No, with the o. Yes, the less famous one.
It's getting to be the holiday season, but before you're too distracted by visions of sugarplums, I wanted to mention a few items that may be relevant to your interests.
THE IRISH CRIME FICTION FESTIVAL AT TRINITY COLLEGE
First, that other Connelly fellow—Michael, not John—will be the guest of honor at the Trinity College Dublin's first Irish Crime Fiction Festival, co-sponsored with the fine folks at Glucksman Ireland House of New York University. Mr. Connelly will be interviewed by me (that's Connolly) on Saturday evening at 6:00 p.m., as the closing event of a two-day program that includes Conor Brady, Jane Casey, Paul Charles, Alan Glynn, Conor Fitzgerald, Declan Hughes, Arlene Hunt, Gene Kerrigan, Kevin McCarthy, Brian McGilloway, Eoin McNamee, Stuart Neville, Niamh O'Connor, Louise Phillips and Michael Russell.
Tickets for this program have gone fast—I hear that Friday night's reception already has a waiting list—but if you'd like to try to get to Saturday's sessions, you can get the details here. The day's festivities will include a screening of a surprise film and it's all—the Connelly/Connolly face-off apart—FREE!
THE WRATH OF ANGELS IN U.S. PAPERBACK!
If you are an American or Canadian who's been waiting for the latest Charlie Parker novel in paperback, your wait is almost over. THE WRATH OF ANGELS will be available in mass market paperback on Tuesday, November 26. If you buy a copy, I would like to thank you for doing that by offering you a set of THE WRATH OF ANGELS postcards, with images designed by readers from around the world. Just send an email to Minion Clair to say where you bought the book, and give us your mailing address. Have a little patience with her, as she's moving, but she promises to have postcards out by mid-December.
JOHN CONNOLLY BOOKS FOR ALL YOUR HOLIDAY SHOPPING NEEDS!
And on that topic, may I remind you that books make lovely holiday gifts? Especially limited signed and illustrated editions of books by someone's (cough) favorite author. Limited signed and numbered editions of both THE WANDERER IN UNKNOWN REALMS and THE REFLECTING EYE are still available directly from us via ABEBooks.com, or from these fine stores.
AND WITH THAT IN MIND... AN AUTHOR EVENING IN RATHMINES!
Dubray Books, one of the fine local bookstores in Rathmines, is hosting an author evening on Thursday, December 5th from 6:00pm. I'll be acting as compere, and it's a chance to meet various authors who live in the area, my good lady and myself included, and get books signed by them as Christmas gifts. There will also be a selection of signed books available from across Dubray's range, so it's a splendid opportunity to sort out a load of present-giving problems with one fell swoop. Further details are available from Dubrayrath@dubraybooks.ie.
THE BIG CHARITY PUB QUIZ
Should you be in Dublin with three of your friends—or even two, or just one if you don't have many friends—and fancy testing your general knowledge, I shall be hosting a pub quiz in Brady's of Terenure on Tuesday, December 10th, convening at about 8:00pm for 8:30pm. (And Brady's does very decent pub grub until 9:00pm, should you fancy getting a bite to eat.) Proceeds go to Habitat for Humanity, which is sending a group of teenagers—one of my fine young sons included—to help build housing in developing countries. The entry fee is €10 per head, with a maximum of four members per team, and to make it all even more attractive we'll be arm-twisting some of my crime-writing friends to come along, we'll have a fantastic raffle and great prizes, and every participant will receive a free signed copy of one of my books. If you'd like to reserve a table, drop an email to email@example.com.
AND BEFORE YOU GO . . .
You'll hear from me one more time between now and the end of the year (a promise, not a threat), with more information about the next Charlie Parker novel, THE WOLF IN WINTER, and some details about CONQUEST's publication in the United States in February.
But so you're not going away empty-handed, let me direct you to the absolutely free (there's that word again) short story I wrote for ShortList magazine, "A Dream of Winter." The challenge was to write a story of only 300 words; other contributors to the issue included Mark Billingham, Denise Mina, George Pelecanos and Daniel Woodrell.
Thank you all, as always, for your support—not to say your forebearance—and best wishes for a very happy Thanksgiving for those of you who celebrate.