The good news is that Sleeping in the Ground has been nominated for an Arthur Ellis Award for best novel. The bad news is that I won’t be in Toronto to attend the awards banquet on 24 May. But that’s not really bad news as, instead, I will be in the midst of a library tour of Vancouver Island and the British Columbia coast from 21-28 May. It’s going to be tough travel, with a lot of ferry deadlines and long drives, but I’m looking forward to meeting the readers out there, and the scenery is spectacular. Here’s the schedule. Do come if you get the chance!
- Tuesday, May 22, 7.00pm. Greater Victoria Public Library, 735 Broughton Steet, Victoria. 250-940-4875 ext. 809.
- Wednesday, May 23, 7:00pm. Salt Spring Island Public Library, 129 McPhillips Ave, Salt Spring Island. 250-537-4666 ext. 225.
- Thursday, May 24, 6:30pm. Courtenay Library Branch, 300 6th St, Courtenay. 250-334-3369 ext. 3.
- Friday, May 25, 7:00pm. Powell River Public Library, 100-6975 Alberni St, Powell River.604-485-4796.
- Saturday, May 26, 7:00pm. Cook Shack Hall, 20 Maple Rd, Alert Bay. 250-974-5721.
- Sunday, May 27, 2:00pm. Campbell River Branch Library, 1240 Shoppers Row, Campbell River. 250-287-3655.
There are a number of other forthcoming events over the next few months, both in the UK and in Canada, and I’ll write more about these later. Some of the highlights are as follows:
- Theakston’s Old Peculier Crime Festival, Harrogate, North Yorkshire, UK, Friday, July 20 at 12 noon.
- Port Medway Readers Festival, Port Medway, Nova Scotia, Canada, Saturday, August 25, 7:00pm.
- Eden Mills Writers Festival, Ontario, Canada, Sunday, September 9.
- Richmond Walking & Books Festival, Richmond, North Yorkshire, UK, Wednesday, September 26. With Martin Carthy.
- Morecambe & Vice Festival, Morecambe, Lancs, UK. Saturday, September 29.
The new Banks book, Careless Love comes out in the UK on July 26 and in Canada in late October. US publication is not until January, 2019.
And here’s a photo of me in Hiroshima, during a recent visit to Japan.