Of course, for me, crime reading is an all year round pursuit but June is the official crime reading month. So if it’s not your usual genre, then now would be a good chance to try something different. You don’t have to go out and buy books either. You could borrow a copy from your local library and the authors don’t miss out – there are public library royalties. The Crime Readers’ Association has organised talks and you can find out more on http://www.crimereadingmonth.co.uk . If you’re in London then there are free talks at Paddington Library on June 8th, 6.30-9pm with SJI Holliday (I’ll be reviewing her new book Willow Walk in the next couple of weeks), Claire Seeber, Graeme Cameron and Simon Toyne. William Ryan will be at Marylebone Library on the 9th June and SJI Holliday, William Shaw and Rebecca Whitney will be at Victoria Library on June 13th.
If you want something a little more substantial than a talk, then how about a short course on European Crime Fiction? This will take place at the British Library on June 28th, July 5th and 12th, lead by crime fiction expert, Barry Forshaw. This is an Adult Learning course so there is a cost to it. For more information http://www.bl.uk/events/death-in-foreign-climes-european-crime-fiction
Or perhaps you have the urge to write but not too sure where to start? Or maybe you’ve started a manuscript and need some guidance. Well, if you’re a night owl, then check out All Night Write in Brighton 18-19th June. Starting at 10pm, you’ll have the opportunity to talk to authors and create some elevator pitches. Check out http://www.88londonroad.com for more details.
First Monday Crime will be back this coming Monday at City University, London and there are still tickets available through http://www.goldsborobooks.com. So if you’re a fan of Peter James, Sharon Bolton, Chris Morgan Jones or Mark Hardie, then come along!
I’ll have some new reviews in the next couple of weeks, including my first Icelandic Crime read – Nightblind by Ragnar Jonasson. Happy reading!