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...
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.
Friday, March 21 at 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, March 22 at 1:00 p.m.
Monday, March 31 at 7:00 p.m.
Tuesday, April 1 at 1:00 p.m.
Wednesday, April 2 at 1:00 p.m.
Thursday, April 10 at 1:00 p.m.
Thursday, April 10 at 7:30 p.m.
Friday, April 11 at 10:00 a.m.
Friday, April 11 at 12:30 p.m.
Friday, April 11 at 7:15 p.m.
Saturday, April 12 at 11:00 a.m.
Saturday, April 12 at 1:00 p.m.
Saturday, April 12 at 4:00 p.m.
Sunday, April 13 at 1:00 p.m.
Monday, April 14 at 12:30 p.m.
Monday, April 14 at 7:00 p.m.
Tuesday, April 15 at 12:30 p.m.
Tuesday, April 15 at 6:30 p.m.
Wednesday, April 16 at 1:00 p.m.
Wednesday, April 16 at 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, April 17 at 12:30 p.m.
Thursday, April 17—time 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: 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:
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: 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.
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.