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April 2014

Greetings! It seems to me that I had something scheduled for this week, but you know, I'd forget my own head if it wasn't attached to my shoulders—and, indeed, if my face wasn't so darned pretty. (Smiles coquettishly from behind paper fan. Is told to move on by a concerned policeman.)

Yes! Here it is. THE WOLF IN WINTER, the 12th Charlie Parker novel (or 13th, if you count THE REAPERS, but Louis and Angel say not to) is officially published in the United Kingdom and most Commonwealth nations on April 10, with 16 events scheduled in eight days in England and Scotland. Keep reading for details of those events—and my apologies to those of you in Doncaster, where I had scheduled an event but have since had to cancel it due to a pressing engagement with the lovely Mark Radcliffe and Stuart Maconie on BBC Radio 6 Music (tune in to hear me on Friday, April 11). The date of Easter also meant that we needed to cram a great deal into a short time, and I'm sorry I won't be able to get to more of the UK.

THE WATERSTONES SPECIAL EDITION

Ghosts

I have signed 3,000 hardcover copies of THE WOLF IN WINTER for Waterstones, and these copies have a copy of the limited-edition CD, Ghosts, bound into them. These 3,000 copies have been distributed among Waterstones branches all over the UK, but I do not know how they've been shared out, or where they've gone, but the law of averages says that most stores will have ten copies or thereabouts. Therefore, if you fancy bagging one of them, I'd strongly suggest that you make your way to your nearest Waterstones on Thursday or Friday of this week, or call your local branch before April 10 to pre-order a deluxe copy. Waterstones have also assured us that any copy of THE WOLF IN WINTER ordered online at www.Waterstones.com on or before the publication date will be the deluxe edition. Act early to avoid disappointment!

OTHER PLACES TO ORDER A SIGNED BOOK

You can also order signed copies with CDs from any of the stores I'll be visiting—they'll all be glad to take an order for an inscribed copy—or from one of my "home stores":

The Gutter Bookshop
Cow's Lane, Temple Bar
Dublin
+353 (0) 1 6799206
info@gutterbookshop.com

No Alibis Bookstore
83 Botanic Avenue
Belfast
+44 (0)28 9031 9601
david@noalibis.com

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

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

In South Africa, signed books—with CDs!—will be available from Exclusive Books; call your local branch to check availability.

Thanks to everyone who came out to events in Ireland, and especially to Jonny Kearney & Lucy Farrell, who joined me in Dublin and Belfast; to Tony Clayton-Lea, who interviewed me at the Dublin launch; to the kind people at Smock Alley Theatre and the Ulster Museum, for providing lovely settings for the Dublin and Belfast launches; and to all the booksellers who hosted the Irish events. Most of them still have signed books for sale, so if you'd like to order from them, you can find them listed here.

THE U.K. TOUR

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 7:15 p.m.
LEEDS
John Connolly discusses and signs THE WOLF IN WINTER
An event for The Leeds Library
The Carriageworks Theatre, Room 1
Electric Press, Millennium Square and Great George Street
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 at 6:30 p.m.
LONDON
A Kitschies Event!
An evening with John Connolly and Ben Aaronovitch, moderated by Anne C. Perry
Blackwell's London, Charing Cross Road
100 Charing Cross Road
London
020 7292 5100
Tickets are required, but FREE—available online here. (Actually, we understand that this event is now sold out, although there is a waiting list in place.)

And I'll be in London in August for the Nine Worlds Convention, with details on that to come.

MADRID BOOK FAIR

It's just been confirmed that I'll be attending the Madrid Book Fair this year, although it'll be a flying visit. I'll be signing at the Fair on Saturday June 7th. More details to come in the May newsletter, or you can keep an eye on the fair's official website.

OxCrimes

OXCRIMES

I will be back in England in May, to spend my birthday at the Hay Festival as part of the launch celebrations for OXCRIMES, an anthology of mystery stories to benefit Oxfam. (Actually, my story, "The Children of Dr. Lyall," is a supernatural story—I know, you're shocked, right?—but let's not quibble about details.) The full list of authors includes, in addition to my good self: Mark Billingham; Ann Cleeves; Stella Duffy; Christopher Fowler; Neil Gaiman; John Harvey; Anthony Horowitz; Maxim Jakubowski; Peter James; Simon Lewis; Alexander McCall Smith; Val McDermid; Adrian McKinty; Denise Mina; Walter Mosley; Stuart Neville; George Pelecanos; Ian Rankin; Phil Rickman; Peter Robinson; James Sallis; Yrsa Sigurdardottir; Fred Vargas; Martyn Waites; Louise Welsh; and Anne Zouroudi.

Apparently there will be a signed hardback edition, limited to 100 copies, which will retail for £199. Otherwise I imagine that I won't be the only contributor at the Hay Festival event, so multiply-signed copies will be available after that. But given that it's for a good cause, this is one simply to add to the shelf in whatever form you prefer, safe in the knowledge that you're helping those less fortunate than yourself—and, for once, I'm not referring to crime authors.

Saturday, May 31 at 4:30 p.m.
HAY-ON-WYE
Details of the OXCRIMES event to be announced; check the Festival website for ticketing information, starting later this month!

THE AUSTRALIAN TOUR AND THE SYDNEY WRITERS' FESTIVAL

The second half of May will bring me back to Australia for a few weeks, but unfortunately we've had to scrap plans to go to New Zealand. I'm sorry about that, as I'm fond of New Zealand, but it simply wasn't possible to visit in the time available. We're currently trying to figure out a way to get signed books and CDs to some stores there, and I hope to have more to tell you about that in May.

Tuesday, May 20 at 6:00 p.m. (for 6:15 p.m.)
MELBOURNE
John Connolly discusses and signs THE WOLF IN WINTER
Reader's Feast
162 Collins St.
Melbourne
+61 3 9662 4699

Wednesday, May 21, time to be announced
CAMBERWELL
A Dinner with John Connolly
Ebony Quill
The Well
793 Burke Road
Camberwell
Tickets to be available through Dymocks Camberwell, +61 3 9882 0032
Details to come!

Thursday, May 22-Sunday, May 25
SYDNEY
Sydney Writers' Festival
Tickets for all of these events are free, but tickets are required; book them through eventbrite.com.au

Thursday, May 22 at 6:30 p.m.
SYDNEY
ATH
John Connolly discusses and signs THE WOLF IN WINTER

Friday, May 23 at 9:30 a.m.
SYDNEY
State Library of New South Wales
Introduction to Mystery Fiction: A Workshop
John Connolly discusses characters and plotting in a three-hour general workshop for those who are interested in writing mystery fiction.

Friday, May 23 at 3:00 p.m.
SYDNEY
Richard Wherrett Studio
Mind the Body: John Connolly
John Connolly discusses the joys and sorrows of the modern mystery in a program introduced by Jon Page.

Sunday, May 25 at 11:30 a.m.
SYDNEY
Sydney Dance 1
Violence, Lust, Revenge and a Touch of Poetry
Michael Robotham moderates a panel discussion among John Connolly, Adrian McKinty, and Camilla Lackberg on how modern crime fiction can be a prism for examining contemporary mores.

Sunday, May 25 at 1:15 p.m.
SYDNEY
Pier 2/3 Club Stage
Family Day: It's Not About the Future! Past, Present and Future of Sci-Fi
In a session for ages 8 and up, John Connolly takes readers through the wonderful world of science fiction—with movie clips!

Tuesday, May 27 at 12:00 noon
BRISBANE
John Connolly discusses and signs THE WOLF IN WINTER
Dymocks Brisbane
177 Albert St.
Brisbane
+61 7 3007 2800

And that, I think, is that. There may be one further newsletter in May, just to remind folk about OXCRIMES and Australia, and simply because, hey, I think about you. A lot. (Again, smiles coquettishly from behind fan. Is arrested by concerned policeman, having apparently already been warned about "that kind of thing." Protests loudly while being led away...)

Best wishes,

John

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