That's right, it's already February. If that doesn't make you want to take a long lie down and wonder where your life is going, you're a stronger soul than I. But while the world may appear to be going to hell in a handcart, here at Connolly Towers we offer a safe haven and a hug to one and all, as long as they read, don't talk loudly on cellphones (or at all, actually, or certainly not when we're enjoying our book), and don't slurp their tea. Don't get me started on those tea-slurping bastards. They're the real enemy.
GRACIAS, Y UN ABRAZO
First of all, thanks very much to Tusquets Editores, the organizers of Festival Aragón Negro (FAN), and the organizers of BCNegra for their kindness and hospitality last week. I was honored to accept FAN's Guest of Honor award, and delighted to have a chance to explore Zaragoza and meet several of Spain's best mystery authors. BCNegra is always one of my favorite festivals, and this year was no different; I made a short video about my fondness for it, which you can watch here, if you're interested.
The Spanish-language translation of A Song of Shadows, La canción de las sombras, went on sale in Spain last month. It should be available in Mexico, Argentina and the rest of Latin America very soon, if you haven't spotted it already.
A GAME OF GHOSTS
The fifteenth Charlie Parker novel, A Game of Ghosts, will officially go on sale in the U.K. on April 6th. As usual, Irish bookstores will get it a week earlier. The book will go on sale in Australia and New Zealand on April 11th. The U.S. edition will be published by Atria/Emily Bestler Books on July 4th.
A Game of Ghosts begins with Charlie Parker accepting an assignment from FBI Special Agent Ross, his reluctant ally and protector. Ross asks him to find Jaycob Eklund, another private detective, who is missing. Eklund had been investigating a series of deaths and disappearances that seem to be linked, and his vast research archive suggests that the deaths have something to do with ghosts. Parker's investigation has unexpected ties to people and events in his own past, and those closest to him are drawn in. You can read more about the book at my website, along with the first two chapters.
If you're looking for signed copies, which will be a bit rarer than usual (see below), you have a few options.
Our friends at the following lovely independent bookstores will be happy to take orders, and they ship anywhere in the world: The Gutter Bookshop, Dublin; Alan Hanna's Bookshop, Dublin; No Alibis in Belfast; and Goldsboro Books in London.
Meanwhile, Waterstones will be releasing a signed deluxe edition of A Game of Ghosts, limited to 2000 copies, which will come with a print of the original artwork by Susan Derges used for the cover of the book. This can be ordered here.
I'll be making only a handful of appearances in Ireland and the UK to coincide with publication. It's a shorter tour than usual, I'm afraid, because of family obligations and Easter, but I hope to see many of you along the way. Look for a full schedule on the website later this month, and we'll put an announcement on Facebook and Twitter when all of the dates have been finalized.
Two events have been confirmed:
Wednesday, March 29 at 6:30 p.m.
Launch party for A Game of Ghosts
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Monday, April 3 at 6:30 p.m.
John Connolly discusses and signs A Game of Ghosts
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With luck, I may also be touring the US this summer, for the first time since the autumn of 2014. No details yet, but again, watch this space for more information as it becomes available.
A TIME OF TORMENT IN PAPERBACK
The Hodder paperback edition of A Time of Torment, the 14th Charlie Parker novel, arrives in stores in the UK and Ireland on February 9th. US readers will get the paperback from Atria/Emily Bestler Books on May 23rd.
A Time of Torment is the story of Parker's hunt for his missing client Jerome Burnel, a man who was once a hero, but went to jail for a crime he didn't commit. He knows he's a doomed man, and asks Parker to find out why. Who are the people who ruined his life? What happened to the young woman he saved? And what is the secret concealed in a small town in West Virginia, where an ancient power rests?
THE BOOK OF LOST THINGS IN PAPERBACK (WITH ILLUSTRATIONS!)
Last year's hardcover printing of the 10th anniversary edition of The Book of Lost Things from my UK publishers, Hodder & Stoughton, was quite small, and the book has already become hard to find. The good news is that a paperback edition will be available on April 6th, the same day as the release of A Game of Ghosts—and the even better news is that this edition will include not only all the illustrations and the two new stories from last year's edition, but the supplemental material from the original paperback as well.
The two new stories are "Cinderella, A Version"—guess what that's about—and "The Rat King," a story that introduces the Crooked Man. The illustrations are by the very fine Northern Irish artist Anne M. Anderson, and were originally created for the limited edition published by Edel Torr in 2006.
This edition, with its lovely green cover, will replace the previous UK edition with the red cover, which has served us well for many years. I could introduce another colour into all that, just to confuse matters, but I won't, because it would make people blue.
PARKER: A MISCELLANY
We are down to the last copies of Parker: A Miscellany, the limited edition collection of essays that also comes with a boxed set of six compilation CDs. If you haven't bought one for yourself or the beloved in your life (which, admittedly, may be one and the same person), then this is your last chance.
And there we have it. A little later in the year we'll let you know about a second novel that's due to appear in August/September. For now, be kind to each other. Kindness appears to be at a premium right now.
Vaya con Dios,