HarperCollins has launched BookGig, a publisher agnostic online events platform that aims to connect authors with new and existing readers following the growth in live author events.
Want to meet your favourite author? Get a book signed? Hear them debate the merits of cosy crime versus serial killers? The website will feature author events across the UK, giving details of talks, signings, Q&A sessions, readings and hands-on workshops. Such a great idea!
Find out more about the offering on the BookGig website.
Fans of the acclaimed trilogy by Dolores Redondo — with the first of the English translation in the series currently out in the UK — will be pleased to hear that filming has begun for The Invisible Guardian. Filming locations include Elizondo, which is the actual village where the series takes place. The books are set in the Basque region of Spain, which is renowned for its rolling hills, picturesque towns, and mythological beliefs tied to the land. You can be sure to expect dramatic imagery with scenes of perplexing crime and dark mystery. The Invisible Guardian follows the investigation of a murder led by an inspector who is inherently tied to the case due to her childhood connection to the region. Torn between the rational, procedural part of her job and local myths and superstitions, Amaia Salazar has to fight off the demons of her past in order to confront the reality of a serial killer at loose in a region steeped in the history of the Spanish Inquisition. Hot on the heels of the initial filming is the release of the English translation of the second installment The Legacy of Bones, due out on August 25th 2016.
Fuelled by a delicious new IPA from Yorkshire’s famous Theakston’s Brewery, mini pies and plenty of gossip and chat, a good night was had by all at the programme launch for the 2016 Theakston’s Old Peculier Crime Festival, or ‘Harrogate’ as most regular festival-goers refer to it. Speeches were given by Sharon Canavar, CEO of Harrogate Festivals, who confirmed that Harrogate is now the largest dedicated crime festival in the world, Simon Theakston, Executive Director of Theakston’s, who broke the welcome news that the company had just inked a new sponsorship deal with the festival, and finally programming chair Peter James, who both entertained and made the serious point that at the end of the day, it’s all about the books. The Killer Reads team were joined by authors Beth Lewis, who will feature on this year’s New Blood panel for debut authors, and festival favourite Charles Cumming. This year’s festival, which takes place from 21 – 24 July looks set to be the biggest yet. We hope to see some of you there.