12 May 2016

Crime News: CrimeFest Bristol Giveaway

CrimeFest kicks off next week in Bristol, but this Saturday the city’s libraries will be giving away tons of free - yes, free - crime novels, including some by old friends of this blog, including Catherine Ryan Howard, GJ Minett and Robert Olen Butler.

I’m a busy man, you’ve got things to do, so let’s allow an official press release to inform us of the details without delay:

images.pngAs part of CrimeFest’s passion for promoting crime fiction, the UK’s biggest crime fiction convention has teamed up with publishers, including Headline and Orion, authors and Bristol Libraries to give away 1000 crime novels for free on Saturday, 14 May, one week ahead of the crime fiction festival. The organisers are donating to Bristol, a city that has hosted the UK’s biggest crime fiction convention for eight years. Thirteen publishers have generously donated books from over twenty authors to this crime fiction giveaway being hosted at six libraries around Bristol.

Bristol locals will be treated to advanced reader copies from bestselling authors like Megan Abbott - months before they hit the shops, as well as titles from highly acclaimed debut novelists Michelle Kirkby and BBC screenwriter Simon Booker. In addition, Allison & Busby are providing several classic titles from celebrated crime fiction writer Alexander Wilson.

The libraries taking part are:

  • Bristol Central Library, College Green BS13 5TL
  • Bedminster, St Peters Court, Bedminster, BS3 4AQ
  • Clifton Library, Princess Victoria St, BS8 4BX
  • Junction 3 Library, Baptist Mills, Easton, BS5 0FJ
  • Wick Road Library, Brislington, BS4 4HE
  • Southmead Library, Greystoke Roads, BS10 6AS

The authors and publishers taking part in the giveaway are:

  • Megan Abbott - You Will Know Me (Picador)
  • Stefan Anheim - Victim Without A Face (Head of Zeus)
  • Harry Bingham - This Thing Of Darkness (Orion)
  • A.P. McCoy - Narrowing The Field (Orion)
  • Michelle Birkby - The House At Baker Street (Pan)
  • Simon Booker - Without Trace (Twenty7)
  • G.J. Minett - The Hidden Legacy (Twenty7)
  • Robert Olen Butler - The Hot Country (No Exit Press)
  • R.M. Cartmel - The Charlemagne Connection (Crime Scene Books)
  • R.M. Cartmel - The Richebourg Affair (Crime Scene Books)
  • Michael Cayzer - 50 Miles From Anywhere (Crime Scene Books)
  • Rosie Claverton - Captcha Thief (Crime Scene Books)
  • Stephen Davis - The Tsar’s Banker (Crime Scene Books)
  • Nadia Dalbuono - The Few (Scribe)
  • E.M. Davey - Foretold By Thunder (Duckworth)
  • Catherine Ryan Howard - Distress Signals (Corvus)
  • Holly Seddon - Try Not To Breath (Corvus)
  • Anna Mazzola - The Unseeing (Headline)
  • Mark Mills - Where Dead Men Meet (Headline)
  • G.X. Todd - Defender (Headline)
  • Stuart Neville - So Say The Fallen (Harvill Secker)
  • Alexander Wilson - The Devil’s Cocktail (Allison & Busby)
  • Alexander Wilson - The Mystery Of Tunnel 51 (Allison & Busby)
  • Alexander Wilson - Wallace Of The Secret Service (Allison & Busby)

Peter James, Anne Holt, Ian Rankin and Hugh Fraser are among the top names set to speak at this year’s CrimeFest convention. Close to 500 attendees, including more than 150 authors, agents, publishers and crime fiction fans from across the globe, will descend on the city for a jam packed four days of 65 speaking events and panel discussions.

The CrimeFest programme includes a full schedule of panel events covering everything from a mock-trial debating the hotly contested conviction of Steven Avery in Making A Murderer, to panels discussing topics such as ‘Crimes Against Humanity: Terrorism, War and International Intrigue’ and ‘Deadly Dames: Women As Killers, Investigators And Victims’