Hello again! Did you miss me? Well, I missed you, unless you were among the dozens (honestly, dozens—I have witnesses) of people who came out to say hello at one of my events in the UK last month. Thanks very much to all the kind booksellers and readers for their hospitality and goodwill, and the warm welcome given to THE WOLF IN WINTER. As I wrestle with the next novel, it means a lot to see this latest book so well received.
I am also very grateful to the Mystery Writers of America, especially this year's panel of judges for Best Short Story, who chose to give the Edgar® Award to "The Caxton Private Lending Library & Book Depository," also known (in electronic format) as "The Museum of Literary Souls." It was a wonderful evening, and a great honor to be recognized among such an illustrious group of nominees. If my Edgar statue suffered a bit on the trip home, it was not the first time Mr. Poe met with misadventure while traveling. You can still buy the paperback copy of "Caxton" exclusively from New York's Mysterious Bookshop or electronically (also exclusively) from Amazon UK or Amazon US.
THE NEVERENDING TOUR, Part . . . oh, I've lost count
I'm just home for a couple of weeks before taking off again, this time to Singapore and Australia. Time constraints mean I won't be able to get to New Zealand this year, and I'm sorry about that; I'm very fond of New Zealand, and hope to return sometime before we're all too old to remember each other's names. But should you be in Singapore or Australia, you can see me at one of these events:
Thursday, May 15 at 8:00 p.m.
John Connolly meets The Reading Room Book Club
The Reading Room
19 Bukit Pasoh Road
+65 6220 9019
The book club will meet from 8:00 to 9:00, followed by a public meet-and-greet. All are welcome.
Friday, May 16 at 7:30 p.m.
World Lit Featuring John Connolly
Presented by The Arts House and Pansing
The Living Room
1 Old Parliament Lane
Saturday, May 17 at 2:00 p.m.
Meet John Connolly
Kinokuniya Singapore Main Store
Crossroads, Singapore 238872
+65 6737 5021
Tuesday, May 20 at 6:15 p.m. (for 6:15 p.m.)
John Connolly discusses and signs THE WOLF IN WINTER
162 Collins St.
Tickets: $6.00pp, payable at the door +61 3 9662 4699 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Wednesday, May 21 at 6:30 p.m. (for 7:00 p.m.)
A Dinner with John Connolly
Ebony Quill, The Well (next to Dymocks)
793 Burke Road
Tickets: $55.00 Dymocks Booklovers, $60.00 general admission
Ticket price includes a two-course, chef-prepared meal (main and dessert) plus wine and all other beverages
Bookings required by May 19!
Phone: 03 9882 0032 Fax: 03 9882 0286
Thursday, May 22-Sunday, May 25
Sydney Writers' Festival
Tickets, where required, are available through eventbrite.com.au. As far as we know, John will sign books at all events.
Thursday, May 22 at 6:30 p.m.
John Connolly: The Wolf in Winter
Ashfield Town Hall
260 Liverpool Road
Tickets are free, but bookings are essential: tickets available here
Friday, May 23 at 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
John Connolly: Introduction to Mystery Fiction
John leads a general workshop for those interested in writing mystery fiction. It is extremely rare for John to offer this type of program!
State Library of New South Wales
Jean Garling Anteroom, Level 1, Mitchell Wing
Tickets are $85/$75, and the class is limited to 16 spaces; book here
Friday, May 23 at 3:00 p.m.
Mind the Body: John Connolly in conversation with Jon Page
Richard Wherrett Studio, Sydney Theatre
22 Hickson Road
Tickets are $14; book here
Sunday, May 25 at 1:00 p.m.
Family Day: It's Not All About the Future!
John Connolly takes kids and adults (ages 8 and up) through the wonderful world of science fiction.
Pier 2/3, The Big Top for Little People
Tickets are free, and no bookings are required, but this presentation includes film clips; arrive early enough to make sure you get a seat!
Sunday, May 25 at 3:00 p.m.
Violence, Lust, Revenge and a Touch of Poetry
Michael Robotham moderates a panel that includes Adrian McKinty, John Connolly and Camilla Läckberg
Sydney Dance 1, Pier 4/5
Tickets are free, and no bookings are required
Tuesday, May 27 at 12:00 noon
John Connolly discusses and signs THE WOLF IN WINTER
177 Albert St.
+61 7 3007 2800
Once I'm home again, I'll be back to the UK for two events at the Hay Festival:
Friday, May 30 at 5:30 p.m.
John Connolly, Anthony Horowitz, S.J. Parris and Yrsa Sigurdardottir discuss and read from OXCRIMES
The Tata Tent
Tickets are £5.00, and can be purchased online here.
Saturday, May 31 at 5:30 p.m.
The Hay Festival
John Connolly: Hell's Bells: Samuel Johnson vs. The Devil (with additional sci-fi content!)
In a special session for the Hay Festival for Children & Families, John Connolly discusses fantasy and science fiction.
The intention is to do a presentation based around science fiction and fantasy films, with clips to illustrate the talk, so it should be fun. The presentation is suitable for children ages 10 and up. Tickets are £5.00, and can be purchased online here.
One of the Hay events will focus on the OxCrimes anthology, the third such collection commissioned for the benefit of Oxfam, and edited by Peter Florence and Mark Ellingham. The book will be available for sale in the UK on May 15, and features an introduction by Ian Rankin as well as 27 new stories from some of the world's top crime writers. My own story, "The Children of Dr. Lyall," is perhaps closer to horror than to crime, but you won't mind that, will you? It's a good collection in a good cause, and I'm happy to be part of it, along with 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.
A special edition of the book, signed by all of the authors, slipcased, and limited to 100 copies is available to order—while stocks last—from Henry Sotheran Limited in Sackville Street, London. They're priced at £250 each, but all proceeds go to Oxfam. For further details, please contact the bookstore at tel: 44(0)207 439 6151, fax: 44(0)207 434 2019 or email: email@example.com
Last Call for THE REFLECTING EYE and THE WANDERER IN UNKNOWN REALMS
As you may recall, a couple of years ago I revised "The Reflecting Eye," the novella from NOCTURNES that introduces The Collector, for a special limited edition that was distributed through U.S. bookstores on the Atria Bus Tour. Last year, I arranged for a limited, illustrated edition of THE WANDERER IN UNKNOWN REALMS, another novella that is otherwise available only in electronic format. Both of these books have been available for direct purchase through ABEBooks, as well as in a handful of independent bookstores.
We are now down to the last copies of both "The Reflecting Eye" and THE WANDERER IN UNKNOWN REALMS, and I plan to take both these titles off the market in early June, once I'm home for the summer. Fair notice, then: you have four more weeks to order one or both titles, while supplies last. Supplies of WANDERER, particularly, are very low, and once they're gone, they're gone. No other printed version of this story exists; it will likely be part of a second NOCTURNES volume, but that probably won't happen until 2016 at the earliest.
You can order "The Reflecting Eye" here and THE WANDERER IN UNKNOWN REALMS here. You know what The Collector would do...
A New Look for the Website, and More to Come!
If you have visited my website, JohnConnollyBooks.com, lately, you will have noticed a spiffy new design, thanks to the good offices of Madeira James and her team at xuni.com. We're still adding and updating content, but you will always find the latest information about my tour schedule there, as well as useful background information about the books, and the latest ABC to XTC playlist. We've updated the Guide to Maine and will continue to add information to that page—and if there's anything else you'd particularly like to see (within reason), you can submit your demands to firstname.lastname@example.org. (I warn you, however, that Minion Clair looks after that mailbox while I'm on the road, and she is not always as benevolent as I am.)
And that's all for now—indeed, that's all for the next few months, as I need to get back to work after this next round of touring is over. You'll hear from me again at the end of the summer, when I'll have news about autumn events for THE WOLF IN WINTER in the U.S. and Mexico. In the meantime, feel free to say hello on Twitter, or on Facebook, where Minion Clair posts news more or less daily.
Thank you all, again, for all your kindness and support, and have a mysteriously wonderful summer (or winter).
Your friend (no, really),