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Late September 2016—Special Book Of Lost Things Anniversary Edition

Dear Folks,

The Book of Lost Things
 
Crooked Man
It seems strange to think that ten years have passed since the first publication of The Book of Lost Things—at least until I look in the mirror. I sometimes feel that I may have been short-changed in my Dorian Gray-esque arrangement with the fates. I grow older and more dissolute, and accumulate increasing quantities of grey hair, yet I continue to have a very flattering picture of myself in the attic.

What has happened with The Book of Lost Things over the last decade remains one of the loveliest experiences of my writing life. It is a novel that has found a place on bookshelves only because of the support of booksellers, and librarians, and readers, all of whom have seen fit to recommend it to others. I suppose that it is, in the end, a book about the love of books, and those who love books have seen themselves reflected in it. The 10th anniversary of its publication seemed like a good opportunity to return to the book, for a number of reasons.

The first was that, shortly after it appeared, No Alibis bookstore in Belfast commissioned the artist Anne M. Anderson to create woodcut illustrations for a limited edition of 125 copies, and it always seemed a shame to me that more readers were not able to enjoy her beautiful work. Anne captured perfectly the spirit of the book, and each of her illustrations, some of which accompany this newsletter, is a little work of art.

The second reason was that readers were constantly seeking hardback copies of the book to give as gifts or to keep for themselves, but those early copies are now very rare, and some of them are quite expensive. The illustrated edition will, I hope, rectify that situation. One of the stipulations I made to my publishers, in addition to the retention of Rob Ryan's original cover—itself one of the reasons, I think, why readers took the book to their hearts—was that the book should not be more expensive than a regular hardback, and to their immense credit, Hodder & Stoughton have managed to produce a beautiful volume without increasing the price.

Finally, it was an opportunity for me to give the book a very gentle polish. I've changed only a word here or there, but it is enough, I hope, to rectify any small errors that may originally have crept into the manuscript.

In addition to all of Anne's illustrations, the 10th Anniversary edition of The Book of Lost Things contains two new stories set in the book's universe—"Cinderella" and "The Rat King"—and a new afterword.

The Book of Lost Things illustration Now, here's the important stuff.

The official publication date is October 20, but Anne Anderson will join me before that for a very special event at No Alibis in Belfast on Tuesday, October 11. No Alibis is not a large store, and this event will be ticketed; tickets are free, but you must reserve them here. If you can't make it to Belfast on the 11th, you can order a double-signed copy from No Alibis to be shipped anywhere in the world, here.

This will be the only event for TBOLT on this island due to commitments in the UK. I had tried to organize a Dublin event as well, but it simply wasn't possible to get finished copies to the stores in time. To make up for this, Anne has agreed to sign copies for all orders received not only by No Alibis, but also for The Gutter Bookshop and Alan Hanna's in Dublin. This will necessitate all kinds of shipping of boxes, and military levels of coordination, but I felt it was important that we should do it, and Anne agreed.

These will be the only jointly signed copies available anywhere in the world, so they're going to be rather lovely things to have. If you'd like one of these copies, and to help the stores involved calculate how many books they might need, we'd be grateful if you'd contact them with your order as soon as possible. Place your orders and requests for personalizations here for Gutter, and here for Alan Hanna's. Both stores, like No Alibis, ship worldwide.

Goldsboro Books in London will also have copies of the anniversary edition, signed by me alone.

The BOOK OF LOST THINGS Tour

The Book of Lost Things illustration The tour for The Book of Lost Things includes a couple of book festivals, and several stops in Scotland, since I didn't make it to our fellow Celts last time. As always, I'm happy to sign any books you bring, but the stores themselves may set limits, so please check with them ahead of time. Where an event is listed as a signing alone, I can stay only for as long as it takes to sign books for whoever turns up, so promptness will be rewarded!

Also, I will simultaneously be putting the finishing touches to A Game of Ghosts, which is the Parker novel due for release next year, so—and this is becoming a rather familiar refrain, I'm afraid—please forgive me for dashing off after events. It was important for me to support the new edition of The Book of Lost Things, but A Game of Ghosts really, really needs to be delivered in October. I do hope you understand.

Here's the complete schedule:

Tuesday, October 11 at 7:00 p.m.
BELFAST
John Connolly discusses and signs The Book of Lost Things with special guest Anne M. Anderson
No Alibis
83 Botanic Avenue
Belfast
This event is FREE, but space is limited, so tickets are required—reserve your space here. If you cannot make the event but would like to order a book signed by both John and the illustrator, Anne M. Anderson, you can do that online from No Alibis here. They ship worldwide.

Saturday, October 15
LONDON
Killer Women Crime Writing Festival
Shoreditch Town Hall
380 Old Street
London
John will be a panelist at this inaugural event, featuring Mark Billingham, Ann Cleeves, Martina Cole, Val McDermid and others. Tickets cost £75; register here.

Tuesday, October 18 at 6:30 p.m.
LIVERPOOL
John Connolly discusses and signs the 10th anniversary edition of The Book of Lost Things
Waterstones Liverpool One
12 College Lane
Liverpool

Wednesday, October 19 at 12:30 p.m.
HARROGATE
John Connolly signs The Book of Lost Things
WH Smith
Victoria Shopping Centre
Cambridge Street
Harrogate

Wednesday, October 19 at 7:00 p.m.
NEWCASTLE
John Connolly discusses The Book of Lost Things with Stephen Law
Northern Mining Institute Lecture Theatre
Neville Street, Westgate Road
Newcastle upon Tyne
Tickets available from Waterstones Newcastle, Emerson Chambers, Blackett Street, Newcastle

Thursday, October 20 at 7:30 p.m.
BISHOP AUCKLAND
John Connolly discusses and signs The Book of Lost Things
Bishop Auckland Town Hall
Market Place
Bishop Auckland, County Durham
03000 269 524
Tickets are £2 and available by phone, at the Town Hall box office, or at the door.

Friday, October 21 at 7:00 p.m.
CARLISLE
John Connolly speaks to the Carlisle Crime Club
Bookcase
17-19 Castle Street
Carlisle, Cumbria
01228 544560

Saturday, October 22 at 2:30 p.m.
BRAMHALL
John Connolly signs The Book of Lost Things
Simply Books
228 Moss Lane
Bramhall
Cheshire
0161 439 1436

Saturday, October 22 at 6:30 p.m.
ROCHDALE
Rochdale Literature & Ideas Festival
Mark Billingham and John Connolly in conversation
Number One Riverside
Smith Street
Rochdale OL16 1XU
Tickets are £8; book here

Sunday, October 23 at 2:30 p.m.
WALSALL
John Connolly discusses and signs The Book of Lost Things
Walsall Central Library
Lichfield Street
Walsall WS1 1TR
Books to be sold by Southcart Books

Monday, October 24 at 7:00 p.m.
NEWTON MEARNS
John Connolly discusses The Book of Lost Things with Russel McLean
Primavera Bistro (books provided by Waterstones Newton Mearns)
The Avenue Shopping Centre
Ayr Road
Newton Mearns

Tuesday, October 25 at 8:00 p.m.
ST ANDREWS
John Connolly discusses and signs The Book of Lost Things
Topping & Co.
7 Greyfriars Garden
St Andrews
Tickets £6 (£5 in advance), redeemable against the price of the book; £16.99 for both the book and the event

"The Rat King" on the BBC

"The Rat King," one of the new stories added to the 10th anniversary edition, will be broadcast on BBC Radio 4 on Friday, October 28th at 10:45 BST as part of Fright Week, a feast of scary stories leading up to Halloween. We're still waiting on confirmation of the identity of the actor who will read the story, but we'll let you know via Twitter and Facebook closer to the date.

TROUBLE IS OUR BUSINESS and ECHOES OF SHERLOCK HOLMES

anthologies I am happy to be among the contributors to Trouble Is Our Business, an anthology of new stories by Irish crime writers, edited by the estimable Declan Burke and published by New Island Books. My story, "The Evenings with Evans," has not appeared anywhere else, and joins works by Alex Barclay, Paul Charles, Sinéad Crowley, Arlene Hunt, Declan Hughes, and many more. The launch happened without me at The Gutter Bookshop, and a great many of the authors involved signed the book, but I will drop in this week to add my signature to any copies that remain in stock.

October 4 is the official publication date for Echoes of Sherlock Holmes, an anthology of new Holmes-inspired short stories edited by Laurie R. King and Leslie S. Klinger. I was part of a group of contributors who signed early copies at Bouchercon in New Orleans, and it was an illustrious crowd, including Meg Gardiner, Hank Phillippi Ryan, Laurie R. King, Les Klinger, David Morrell and more. My story, "Holmes on the Range," also appears in NIGHT MUSIC: Nocturnes Volume 2.

Books to Die For BOOKS TO DIE FOR in Paperback

Books To Die For, the collection of essays edited by Declan Burke and myself, is being reissued in trade paperback in the United States on October 25. We asked 120 of the world's best crime writers to write short essays about the books they thought every fan of the genre had to read. The result exceeded our wildest expectations. The book is a survey course on crime fiction, and belongs on every true fan's bookshelf. But don't ask us; it won the Agatha, Anthony and Macavity Awards. It's a perfect holiday gift for any mystery reader in your life, especially if you don't know what they've already read.

PARKER: A Miscellany

And while we're on the subject of holiday gifts, I still have a few copies of the limited hardcover edition of Parker: A Miscellany in my dining room, waiting for good homes. Sorry if I sound like I'm always plugging this, but it cost so much to manufacture that the only way to break even will be to sell them all. The book comes with a six-CD box set of the music I've compiled as companions to the Parker novels. If you don't want the CDs, but just want to read the essays, the book is available at a bargain price in electronic format from Amazon and Kobo. If you do read the book and enjoy it, please take a minute to leave a review on Amazon, so it shows up on other readers' search pages.

The Burning Soul on NCIS THE BURNING SOUL on TV!

Its cover was, at least. The season premiere of the popular and long-running U.S. television series NCIS aired on CBS last week, and junior field agent Timothy McGee demonstrated his love for mystery novels by pulling out a copy of The Burning Soul. My thanks to whoever on the NCIS crew made that happen, and to author Meg Gardiner for capturing the moment as it happened.

And that seems quite enough to be going on with, for now. I hope to see many of you in the weeks ahead, and by the time you hear from me again, I hope to have turned in a final version of A Game of Ghosts, to be published in April 2017 in the U.K., slightly before that in Ireland, and sometime after that in the United States.

In the meantime, be well—

John

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