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October 2016

The Book of Lost Things
Crooked Man
Dear Folks,

A quick note to remind you all that tonight is the Belfast launch of the 10th anniversary edition of The Book of Lost Things, with illustrator Anne M. Anderson at the magical No Alibis bookstore. Tickets are free, but limited; you may still be able to reserve a place here. If you can't be there in person, you can order double-signed copies from No Alibis here, or from The Gutter Bookshop or Alan Hanna's Bookshop in Dublin. Goldsboro Books in London may have copies as well, signed by me alone.

The publication of The Book of Lost Things coincides with the paperback edition of Night Music: Nocturnes Volume 2 in the UK, and I will be signing both books at a series of events over the next two weeks. The schedule is here, with an addition—by popular demand, I'll be making one last appearance in Dublin at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, October 30 at Dubray Books in Grafton Street. Just in time for Halloween! I felt guilty about not having scheduled a formal Dublin signing, so it's a chance to get that lovely new illustrated edition of The Book of Lost Things signed as a Christmas gift for someone—or, heck, just for yourself. Hey, you're worth it...

A note to collectors: the double-signed edition of The Book of Lost Things will bear a sticker on its copyright page denoting it as a "Special Launch Edition," as will some of the early signed UK copies. There's special, and then there's more special...

As you're marking your calendars, don't forget that BBC Radio 4 will be broadcasting "The Rat King," one of the new stories set in the world of The Book of Lost Things, on Friday, October 28 at 10:45 p.m. BST. Actor Peter Marinker will do the reading, which is part of Radio 4's Fright Night series.

And in the United States, the trade paperback edition of Books To Die For, the anthology edited by Declan Burke and myself, goes on sale on October 25. We asked 120 authors to tell us which crime novel they'd recommend to any lover of the genre, and the result won a few awards. We're delighted to have this edition available in time for holiday gift-giving.

Finally, we're down to the last 100 copies of Parker: A Miscellany! Soon I'll be able to see the living room floor again. That'll be nice. I've missed that floor.

As always, I'm especially grateful for the support you've shown this book over the years. I hope to see many of you over the next few weeks, and I apologize in advance if I seem a bit distracted. I have to rush away after every event, as I'm putting the finishing touches on the next Charlie Parker novel, A Game of Ghosts, which will be out in UK and Ireland next spring.

Happy Halloween (a bit early, Samuel Johnson-style),

John

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