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
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":
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.
Thursday, April 10 at 7:30 p.m.
Friday, April 11 at 10:00 a.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 at 6:30 p.m.
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.
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.
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.)
Wednesday, May 21, time to be announced
Thursday, May 22 at 6:30 p.m.
Friday, May 23 at 9:30 a.m.
Friday, May 23 at 3:00 p.m.
Sunday, May 25 at 11:30 a.m.
Sunday, May 25 at 1:15 p.m.
Tuesday, May 27 at 12:00 noon
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...)