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March 2014

Hello! Are you well? Have you lost weight? You really don't look like you've been eating enough. Biscuit? No? Perhaps later, then. I'll put it back in my pocket, just in case. I'll wrap it in this handkerchief. Oh, perhaps not then. If you're going to be fussy about it...

Wolf in Winter

Spring creeps on to the Northern Hemisphere, bringing with it brightness, longer evenings, and the promise of summer. It seems entirely appropriate, then, to add a little shadow to it all with the publication of the new Parker novel, the nicely creepy—I hope—THE WOLF IN WINTER. What follows is the current event schedule for Ireland and the UK, but this schedule is still being tweaked around the edges. We'll update it on the website, and post event reminders to Twitter and Facebook, and have some additional details in the April newsletter. We're still waiting on final plans for the Australia/New Zealand tour, which will happen in May.

I am delighted that the musical duo Jonny and Lucy, who are featured on GHOSTS, the companion CD to THE WOLF IN WINTER—of which more below—will be traveling across the water to join us for the launches in Dublin and Belfast. (For a sneak preview of their sound, click here. Both of these events are free, but ticketed, so reserve your tickets early to avoid disappointment. They're also being held well in advance of the official publication date in April, so copies of THE WOLF IN WINTER are being flown in specially for them. In other words, if you want to read it before anyone else...

THE WOLF IN WINTER: IRELAND AND UK APPEARANCES

Thursday, March 20 at 6:30 p.m.
DUBLIN
A Special Launch Event for THE WOLF IN WINTER
featuring a performance by Jonny Kearney and Lucy Farrell
and a chat about books and music with Tony Clayton-Lea of The Irish Times. Signed books will include a copy of the limited-edition CD, GHOSTS
Smock Alley Theatre
6/7 Exchange Street Lower
Dublin 8
Signing to follow at The Gutter Bookshop
Tickets are FREE, and can be picked up at the Smock Alley Theatre box office or The Gutter Bookshop, or booked online here for a €2 administration fee.

Friday, March 21 at 7:00 p.m.
BELFAST
A Special Launch Event for THE WOLF IN WINTER
featuring a performance by Jonny Kearney and Lucy Farrell
Signed books will include a copy of the limited-edition CD, GHOSTS
The Ulster Museum
Botanic Gardens, Belfast
Sponsored by No Alibis Bookstore
Tickets are FREE, and should be booked in advance through No Alibis
+44 (0)28 9031 9601

Saturday, March 22 at 1:00 p.m.
DROGHEDA
John Connolly signs THE WOLF IN WINTER
Waterstones Drogheda
Marsh Road
Drogheda, Co. Louth
353 41 983 8527

Monday, March 31 at 7:00 p.m.
CORK
John Connolly discusses and signs THE WOLF IN WINTER
Waterstones Cork
Cork Fertility Centre
Fernhurst House
College Road
Cork
353 21 486 5764

Tuesday, April 1 at 1:00 p.m.
LIMERICK
John Connolly signs THE WOLF IN WINTER
O'Mahony's Booksellers
120 O'Connell Street
Co. Limerick
353 61 418 155

Wednesday, April 2 at 1:00 p.m.
GALWAY
John Connolly signs THE WOLF IN WINTER
Dubray Books
4 Shop Street
Galway
353 91 569 070

Thursday, April 10 at 1:00 p.m.
LIVERPOOL
John Connolly signs THE WOLF IN WINTER
Waterstones Liverpool ONE
12 College Lane, Liverpool
0151 709 9820

Thursday, April 10 at 7:30 p.m.
OWESTRY
John Connolly discusses and signs THE WOLF IN WINTER
Booka Bookshop
26-28 Church Street
Owestry
Tickets £10 (redeemable against a signed hardback copy of THE WOLF IN WINTER. Includes refreshments)
Click here for details and booking information
01691 662244

Friday, April 11 at 10:00 a.m.
SHEFFIELD
John Connolly signs THE WOLF IN WINTER
Waterstones
24-26 Orchard Square
Sheffield
0114 2728971

Friday, April 11 at 12:30 p.m.
DONCASTER
John Connolly signs THE WOLF IN WINTER
Waterstones Doncaster
27 Frenchgate Centre
Doncaster
1302 329142

Friday, April 11 at 7:15 p.m.
LEEDS
John Connolly discusses and signs THE WOLF IN WINTER
An event for The Leeds City Libraries
The Carriageworks Theatre, Room 1
Electric Press, 3 Millennium Square
Leeds City Centre
Tickets and other information available from The Carriageworks Box Office 0113 224 3801; ticket price £5/£3 concessions

Saturday, April 12 at 11:00 a.m.
HARROGATE
John Connolly signs THE WOLF IN WINTER
WHSmith
MSU 4 Victoria Shopping Centre
Cambridge Street
Harrogate
01423 566351

Saturday, April 12 at 1:00 p.m.
DARLINGTON
John Connolly signs THE WOLF IN WINTER
Waterstones
1A Cornmill Centre
Darlington
1325 465666

Saturday, April 12 at 4:00 p.m.
NEWCASTLE
John Connolly signs THE WOLF IN WINTER
Waterstones
Emerson Chambers
Blackett St.
Newcastle upon Tyne
843 290 8503

Sunday, April 13 at 1:00 p.m.
CARLISLE
John Connolly signs THE WOLF IN WINTER
Waterstones
66-68 Scotch Street
Carlisle
0843 290 8217

Monday, April 14 at 12:30 p.m.
EAST KILBRIDE
John Connolly signs THE WOLF IN WINTER
Waterstones
East Kilbride Shopping Centre
East Kilbride
1355 271835

Monday, April 14 at 7:00 p.m.
STIRLING
John Connolly discusses and signs THE WOLF IN WINTER
An event sponsored by Bloody Scotland
The Tolbooth
Jail Wynd
Stirling
Tickets £5, available from Tolbooth at 01786 274000 or online from Bloody Scotland

Tuesday, April 15 at 12:30 p.m.
INVERNESS
John Connolly signs THE WOLF IN WINTER
Waterstones
69 Eastgate Shopping Centre
Inverness
1463 233500

Tuesday, April 15 at 6:30 p.m.
EDINBURGH
John Connolly discusses and signs THE WOLF IN WINTER
Blackwells
52-63, South Bridge
Edinburgh
131 622 8222
Tickets are required, but FREE—available from the front desk or call 0131 622 8218

Wednesday, April 16 at 1:00 p.m.
EDINBURGH
John Connolly signs THE WOLF IN WINTER
Blackwells at The Royal Bank of Scotland
Gogarburn
Edinburgh
0131 626 3015

Wednesday, April 16 at 7:30 p.m.
RICKMANSWORTH
John Connolly discusses and signs THE WOLF IN WINTER
The Royal Masonic School for Girls
Rickmansworth Park
Rickmansworth
Tickets #10, redeemable off the book on the night, available from Chorleywood Bookshop
01923 283566

Thursday, April 17 at 12:30 p.m.
MILTON KEYNES
John Connolly signs THE WOLF IN WINTER
WHSmith
126 Midsummer Blvd.
Milton Keynes
1908 606778

Thursday, April 17—time to be announced
LONDON
Details to be announced!
Saturday, May 30—time to be announced
HAY-ON-WYE
The Hay Festival
Details to be announced!

August 8-10
LONDON
Nine Worlds Convention
Details to be announced!

THE WOLF IN WINTER—AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND

We're still finalizing details of the tour Down Under, but it will include a number of events linked to the Sydney Writers Festival, along with events in Melbourne and Brisbane. New Zealand dates will also follow as soon as we have them.

Ghosts

GHOSTS: A SOUNDTRACK TO THE NOVELS OF JOHN CONNOLLY, VOL. IV

As some of you may be aware—and, if you're not, then the "Vol. IV" above may be a bit of a giveaway—I've put together three previous compilations of music linked to the Parker books, and it seemed about time to do a fourth to give away with copies of the new book, especially as I'm pretty happy with THE WOLF IN WINTER and wanted to do something special to mark its publication.

GHOSTS includes tracks by XTC, Sun Kil Moon, Mogwai, Kristin Hersh and Scud Mountain Boys, among other equally illustrious names. As before, it's not so much music that I've listened to while writing—I tend to prefer silence when I work—but songs that have been referenced in the books or echo, in terms of lyrics or tone, the mood and concerns of the novels. It's also a fanboy thing, like handing out thousands of mixtapes to friends. If you do find something new that you like on the CD, then please explore further, and maybe let the artists know where you heard their music first.

Finally, the CD is a way to encourage readers to support their local bookstore. We will try to get them to as many bookstores as possible in Ireland, but it really is a limited release, and once the copies are gone, they're staying gone. To be sure of getting one you'll have to come along to an event, or order from one of the stores on the tour schedule, or from one of these four lovely booksellers in Ireland and the UK who have always been so good about helping us with orders:

Alan Hanna's Bookshop
270 Rathmines Road Lower
Dublin 6
Ireland
hannas@iol.ie
+353 1 496 7398

The Gutter Bookshop
Cow's Lane
Temple Bar
Dublin 8
Ireland
info@gutterbookshop.com
+353 1 6799206

No Alibis
83 Botanic Avenue
Belfast BT7 1JL
Northern Ireland
david@noalibis.com
+44 28 9031 9601

Goldsboro Books
23-25 Cecil Court
London WC2N 4EZ
Enquiries@goldsborobooks.com
+44 207 497 9230

If you're in Australia and New Zealand, never fear: the CD will be available at events.

WATERSTONES DELUXE EDITION OF THE WOLF IN WINTER

GHOSTS will also be bound into a limited signed deluxe edition available from Waterstones in Ireland and the UK. Incidentally, Envoy, one of the groups featured on the CD, is the brainchild of one David O'Brien who works for Waterstones in Drogheda. His contribution, "Every Dead Thing," is a treat.

THE WOLF IN WINTER, GHOSTS, and the U.S. AND CANADA

THE WOLF IN WINTER will be published by Atria Books in October in the U.S. and Canada. Because you nice Americans and Canadians will have to wait a little longer for it, we thought we'd reward your patience with a special edition of the GHOSTS CD, which will feature extra tracks. We'll have more details about that a little closer to the publication date, along with a schedule of tour events.

We have just barely begun the process of planning U.S. events for THE WOLF IN WINTER, but I have registered for both NoirCon in Philadelphia, October 30-November 2, and Bouchercon in Long Beach, November 13-15.

Conquest

CONQUEST: THE CHRONICLES OF THE INVADERS

A reminder that CONQUEST, the first of the Chronicles of the Invaders and, indeed, of my collaborations with Jennie Ridyard, is now on sale in the US and Canada, with signed copies available from good booksellers (a list of those is here). Work proceeds apace on the second installment, EMPIRE, which will appear later this year in the UK and Ireland, and at the start of 2015 in the US.

OxCrimes

OXCRIMES

An early cover for the OXCRIMES anthology, due on May 15th from Profile Books, has just appeared. The collection, to which I've contributed a new story entitled "The Children of Dr. Lyall," has an introduction from Ian Rankin and hopes to raise up to £200,000 for Oxfam.

ABC to XTC—THE COVER VERSIONS SHOW

Through the good offices of the Irish internet radio station 2XM, I continue to promote the joys of the music of my youth in the form of my radio show, ABC to XTC. Recently it struck me that I had all sorts of curious cover versions in my collection linked to the show's era, so I'm devoting two shows—March 25 and April 1, with rebroadcasts on March 29 and April 5—to cover versions: either artists from the 70s and 80s covering contemporary songs, or contemporary artists covering songs from the show's era.

We'll post the playlists after the shows in question, but I was rather hoping that listeners might like to send in their own suggestions for suitable cover versions and we'll combine them into an extra show at the end of April or the start of May. So take a listen to the first two shows, or check the playlists, and send in your nominations for songs that I might have missed via Twitter, Facebook, or email. All those who send in suggestions will be entered into a draw for a prize. I haven't figured out what I'll give the winner yet, but rest assured that it will be lovely.

And that's it for now. Oh, one last thing: we'll be revamping my website over the coming weeks in time for the official publication of THE WOLF IN WINTER in April. We'll keep you posted on developments.

As always, thanks to you all for your support.

Best wishes,

John

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