Praise for Declan Burke: “Burke shows again that he’s not just a comic genius, but also a fine dramatic writer and storyteller.” – Booklist. “Proust meets Chandler over a pint of Guinness.” – Spectator. “Among the most memorable books of the year, of any genre.” – Sunday Times. “A hardboiled delight.” – Guardian. “Imagine Donald Westlake and Richard Stark collaborating on a screwball noir.” – Kirkus Reviews. “A cross between Raymond Chandler and Flann O’Brien.” – John Banville.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

“We’re Goin’ Up The Country / Baby Don’t You Wanna Go …?”

All three regular Crime Always Pays readers will be aware that John McFetridge and I are planning a road-trip in the week leading up to Bouchercon, kicking off on John’s home patch of Toronto on October 4 and meandering down through New England via Vermont, New York and Philadelphia to Baltimore, to arrive on Thursday, October 9. The full itinerary isn’t in place yet, and it will very probably involve some guerrilla-style tactics of hitting bookstores as we go, but we have some interesting gigs set up already, to wit:
John and Dec’s Most Excellent Road-Trip Adventure
Sunday, October 5
Sleuth of Baker Street

Monday, October 6
Brattleboro, Vermont
Mystery on Main Street

Tuesday, October 7
New York
The Mysterious Bookshop (signing only)
Time tbc

Wednesday, October 8
The Noir at the Bar: Fergie’s

Thursday, October 9
The 'Charmed to Death' Bouchercon
  Incidentally, John and I are appearing on a few panels at Bouchercon. To wit:
Thursday, October 9, 11.30am-12.30pm
‘KILLING FLOOR: Getting cops right in fiction.’
Dave Case(M), Mike Black, Martin Edwards, John McFetridge, Caroline Todd, Raffi Yessayan.

Thursday, October 9, 3-4pm
‘LET’S SPEND THE NIGHT TOGETHER: Authors you should take home.’
Jennifer Jordan (M), Declan Burke, Michael Allen Dymmoch, Tim Maleeny.

Sunday, October 12, 8.30-9.30am
‘CALL ME WHEN YOU'RE SOBER: Sunday hangover.’
Declan Hughes (M), Declan Burke, Stuart MacBride, Martyn Waites.
  A Sunday morning panel entitled ‘Sunday hangover’? Art imitates life imitates art imitates you-get-the-head-pounding-drift ...
  Anyhoos, that’s the basic set-up for now. I’ll be updating the itinerary as and when changes come in, and if any booksellers / stories / reading groups / bar mitzvahs in the New England area fancy having John and I along for some book-signing / Stadler and Waldorf action, just drop me a line …


David Cranmer said...

A great blog you have here... sounds like a great road trip. Break a leg, as they say.

Declan Burke said...

Thanks, David, much obliged for the kind words. Cheers, Dec