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SEPTEMBER 2016

Dear Folks,

I'm pleased to announce that my campaign to have a statue of me erected at the Great Lost Bear has overcome its first main obstacle, with Dave Evans of the Bear having lost an injunction to prevent me from entering his premises or having anything to do with his staff or furnishings. We have also collected almost one Euro (€1) in donations, with which we have purchased paper and some pencils to work on possible designs, although I'm struggling a bit with drawing the horse. If I'm being honest, I am a little disappointed with the paucity of support, but I think it's really just a matter of being patient while word filters out. I remain optimistic about the whole business. I just wish I could say the same for Dave...

Ghosts
John & Brian Showers
Thanks to everyone who participated in the first Dublin Ghost Story Festival, a three-day conference on supernatural fiction that featured an all-star cast of authors, including Guest of Honor Adam Nevill, David Mitchell, Marie O'Regan and Paul Kane, Sarah Pinborough and more. Beer was drunk, whiskey was sampled, mummies were visited and a good time was had by all. Here I am with Brian J. Showers, publisher of Swan River Press and co-organizer of the festival, giddy with relief at the end of the weekend. Once we've both had a long rest, we'll think about organizing another one, although probably not until 2018.

Events

I will be in the United States in mid-September for two events:

On Tuesday, September 13, I will be joining fellow Irish authors Declan Hughes and Stuart Neville as well as a prestigious collection of academics at NYU's Glucksman Ireland House, for the launch of The Contemporary Irish Detective Novel, edited by Elizabeth Mannion, and So Say the Fallen, by the aforementioned Mr. Neville. This event starts at 7:00 p.m. and will take place at Glucksman Ireland House, One Washington Mews on the campus of New York University; it's free, but registration is required. You can request tickets here.

From New York I'll go to New Orleans for Bouchercon, the annual World Mystery Convention, which runs September 15-18. I'll be serving as emcee for the panel "It Only Takes a Minute," in which panelists Mark Billingham, Laura Lippman, Alex Marwood and Martyn Waites will attempt to speak for 60 seconds on a topic of my choosing without hesitating, repeating themselves, or straying from the topic. That panel happens on Friday at 2:00 p.m., and I will be signing in the bookroom afterwards. I'm happy to sign any books you bring along. You should still be able to register for Bouchercon here.

Trouble is Our Business and Uncertainties

Trouble Is Our Business Uncertainties
September 30 is the release date for Trouble is Our Business, an anthology of short fiction by Irish crime writers edited by Declan Burke and published by New Island. You'll find in this volume a story by me, entitled "The Evenings With Evans," along with contributions by Alex Barclay, Paul Charles, Arlene Hunt, Declan Hughes, Brian McGilloway, and many other fine practitioners of the genre.

I have also written the foreword for Uncertainties, Volume I, a collection edited by Brian J. Showers and published by Swan River Press. Uncertainties is a two-volume collection of stories of the strange and uncanny, with new work by John Reppion, Maura McHugh, Lydia E. Rucker, Steve Rasnic Tem and others. Swan River's books are always miniature works of art and Uncertainties is a gem. If you ask Brian nicely, he can probably get you a signed copy. Details can be found here.

A Time of Torment

A Time of Torment
If you haven't already experienced A Time of Torment, signed hardcovers with the bonus CD, The Deep Woods, may still be available from these fine booksellers:

Book Carnival, Orange, CA
Classic Bookshop, Palm Beach, FL
Garden District Book Shop, New Orleans, LA
Lemuria Books, Jackson, MS
Murder by the Book, Houston, TX
Murder on the Beach, Delray Beach, FL
Mystery on Main Street, Brattleboro, VT
The Mysterious Bookshop, New York, NY
Once Upon a Crime, Minneapolis, MN
Seattle Mystery Bookshop, Seattle, WA
Toadstool Bookshops, Keene, Milford, & Peterborough, NH
VJ Books, Tualatin, OR

UK readers should be able to get copies from Goldsboro Books in London and No Alibis in Belfast, and Irish readers can purchase signed copies from The Gutter Bookshop and Alan Hanna's Bookshop in Dublin.

The Book of Lost Things The Book of Lost Things, 10th Anniversary Edition

In the words of the immortal Sandy Denny, who knows where the time goes? It hardly seems possible, but ten years have passed since the first publication on The Book of Lost Things, and my UK publishers, Hodder & Stoughton, are marking the occasion with a new hardback edition that includes woodcut illustrations by Anne Anderson, a new foreword, and two new stories set in the world of the book. Look for a newsletter in the coming weeks with more information about this, and details of a series of events in Ireland, England and Scotland.

PARKER: A Miscellany

A reminder that our pile of signed limited editions of PARKER: A Miscellany, along with its accompanying six-CD boxed set, is depleting rapidly, which is nice. Should you be looking for one as a Christmas gift, either for you or someone else, now's the time to be thinking about it so we can get copies to you in time. There is also a nice e-book edition, cheap and cheerful, which can be bought here from AmazonUK and here from AmazonUS, and also on Kobo.com. If you do buy from one of those electronic retailers, I would be very grateful if you'd leave a review—it seems to make a difference to the search engines. Thank you!

All of which brings us to the end of another thrilling newsletter. As I said, I'll be in touch again in a few weeks with a special edition mostly devoted to Book of Lost Things business. If you start missing me too much in the interim, you can tune into my dulcet tones on ABC to XTC every Sunday at 1300 BST/GMT on RTÉ 2XM, where it's like the eighties never went away. (This, in case you're wondering, is a good thing.)

Until then, be well—

John

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