You’re Invited to ‘The Burning Man’
One reader points out, ‘You’re running an authors website, how about some book news?’ Fair point well made. Okay, first out of the gate for 2015 is ‘Bryant & May and the Burning Man’, which inconveniently launches on my birthday, March 26th (inconvenient because it turns out there was a secret restaurant booking made some months ago, which suggests to me that the restaurant in question might have been pretty fancy – now I’ll never know!)
So, the launch is at London’s colourful Forbidden Planet at 6:30pm – all welcome – and after there’ll be a bit of a party nearby. Turn up, ingratiate yourself with the publisher (not difficult) and you’ll probably get an invite.
If you run a book club, website or society and would like to be sent an invitation, simply include your URL in the comments below as soon as possible.
The following day I’ll be heading to the Oxford Literary Festival to discuss mysteries onstage with old pal Joanne Harris.
Before all that though, I’ll be headlining at Polari with ‘Mr Fowler’s London Writing Class’. This consistently entertaining literary salon is hosted by Paul Burston and is held at the Royal Festival Hall overlooking the London Eye on Monday 23rd February at 7:00pm. It’s gay-themed but gets a mixed crowd because its emphasis is on writers and writing. I’ve seen some astonishing acts there who should be on national television, let alone at writing events. A few tickets are still available here.
I’ll be making other scheduled and unscheduled appearances around the country, hopefully starting in Manchester and definitely ending in Harrogate. There are several other events I’m just awaiting confirmation on. I’ll also be announcing what’s going to happen to Bryant & May following the outcome of the new novel, because readers who have had ARCs sent to them are starting to ask me awkward questions.
If you can’t make any of these events, and there’s a decent-sized bookshop near you that you’d like me to visit, do say and I’ll do my best to add it to the schedule, if they’ll have me.