News for Summer, 2017

SleepingintheGround UpdateThe paperback edition of When the Music’s Over is #1 this week on the Sunday Times Bestseller list! My thanks to everyone who bought a copy. (Amazon UK)

The 24th DCI Banks novel, Sleeping in the Ground, will be published in the UK on 13 July (US: August; Canada: October). (Amazon UK)

The story begins with a mass murder at a Yorkshire wedding, and the investigation needs to move in some unexpected directions in order to find answers. In this one, Banks is mourning the death of an old lover, Annie is dealing with her father’s move from Cornwall up to Yorkshire to be “closer to her,” and DC Gerry Masterson is bearing the brunt of the action, as usual. The music moves from Bowie’s “Starman” to “Blackstar” with a lot of varied and interesting stuff in between.

As this is the 30th anniversary of Banks in print (yes, Gallows View came out in 1987!) I will be doing an extensive UK tour through July and August, with a couple of events at the beginning of September. I cover a fair bit of the country, from Southampton and Brighton to Cardiff, Edinburgh, and St Andrews, with many stops in between, especially in the North and North East. I don’t have the final details yet, but when I do I’ll post them. I look forward to seeing many of you at these events.

Hear Peter Discuss Music in the DCI Banks Novels

Peter Robinson is the guest on this week’s episode of The Next Track podcast, where he discusses his use of music in the DCI Banks novels. Give it a listen to learn more about Peter’s musical favorites, and how he integrates music in the novels.

Canadian Book Tour for When the Music’s Over

Apologies to all for being late with this. Sometimes events just get ahead of my ability to list them!

Saturday, October 15 – Lunchtime event with the Whistler Wrters Festival, 1pm. Whistler, British Columbia.

Tuesday, October 18 – Grand Opening, with Andre Alexis, Rowan Hisayo Buchanan, Anne Y.K. Choi, Emma Donghue and Francesca Melandri. 8pm Performance Works, Granville Island, Vancouver, British Columbia.

Thursday, October 20 – “A Good Way to Get Yourself Killed,” with Michael Koryta and Sam Wiebe. 6pm Revue Sage, Granville Island, Vancouver, British Columbia.

Friday, October 21 – Onstage interview with Wayne Arthurson. 7pm. St Albert, Alberta.

Sunday, October 23 – Reading/Round Table – “Vice: The Art of Crime Writing,” with Lotte Hammer Jakobson, Alexander Maksik and Ben Sanders. 1.30pm. International Festival of Authors, Harbourfront, Toronto, Ontario.

Saturday, October 29 – Reading/Round Table – “Lived-in Stories.” with Deborah Campbell and Kevin Patterson. 5pm. IFOA, Harbourfront, Toronto, Ontario.

Sunday, October 30 – Onstage Interview – with Linwood Barclay and host Andrew Pyper, interviewed by Deborah Dundas. 4.30pm. IFOA, Harbourfront, Toronto, Ontario.

DCI Banks, the Books, and the TV Series

There have been a number of questions recently regarding differences between the characters of the DCI Banks novels and the TV adaptations.

I have come to think of the Banks books and the TV series as parallel universes, rather like those in the TV series Fringe. (If you haven’t seen it, check it out. It’s well worth watching.) The characters are clearly meant to be different versions of the same person; they look different, have different personalities and meet different fates in different worlds.

I have no power in the TV universe, where I am a mere observer, but I like to think of myself as the custodian of the universe of the books. In that universe, I can assure you, all the characters you have come to know and (I hope) love continue to be hale and hearty and as human and flawed as ever – in When the Music’s Over, its 2017 successor Sleeping in the Ground and, I hope, in many more books to come.

Peter Robinson in Conversation with Camilla Läckberg

Omslag SOS 7Peter recently recorded a podcast with Swedish author Camilla Läckberg, where they discuss when they first met, having Joyce Carol Oates as your tutor, and being disqualified in the Eurovision Song Contest.

Listen to the Speaking of Stories podcast. Note that while the introduction is in Swedish, the rest of the interview is in English.

New Book, Swedish Festival, and Other News

As I write, When the Music’s Over has been on the UK bestseller list for six weeks now, having spent one week at #1 and a week at #2. It has also made #83 on the USA Today chart, which isn’t as bad as it sounds because that list includes everything—all formats and all genres—from cookbooks to ebooks.

I have just got back from the Crimetime Festival in Visby, which is a beautiful medieval town on the island of Gotland, off the coast of Sweden. I was International Guest of Honour among a host of primarily Scandinavian authors. Sharon Bolton and Elizabeth Hand were the only other English language authors present, though everyone I met spoke perfect English. The festival was excellent, and we were very well treated, though I must say they worked me hard, often with three or four events and interviews a day. I had events with Håkan Nesser, Arne Dahl, Camilla Läckberg, Sharon Bolton, Denise Rydberg and Viveca Sten, and had the honour of congratulating Maj Sjöwall on stage after she received her award (see photo). I also met many other writers, some I have read and others I will read. The wonderful Kerstin Wixe interviewed me on stage, and champagne flowed at the book launch with Ninni Schulman. My thanks to everyone involved in the organisation, especially Carina Nunstedt, the chief! The evenings were always spent in entertaining company with good food and good wine. I was also thrilled to discover from my publishers, Forum, that When the Music’s Over (or När Musiken Tystnar) received a first hardcover printing of 20,00 copies, and my translated books in all formats have sold over three million copies in Sweden.

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Peter with Maj Sjöwall.

After a couple of days relaxing and sightseeing in Stockholm, it was back to work again, but what pleasant work it was—an evening event on 25 August at White Rose Books in Thirsk. It was a miserable night weather-wise, but plenty of people turned out, and I think a good time was had by all. Many thanks to Caroline and Sue and all who work there. I met up with an old school friend, and Derek Shelmerdine kindly gave me a copy of his magisterial, encyclopaedic book Rock n’Roll Unravelled. I can see already that it will lead to a huge expansion of my CD collection.

I have a few more events before I head over the pond for the Canadian national tour. There’s an event at Topping & Co in St Andrews at 8pm on 9 September, then an event with Mark Billingham at Bloody Scotland, in Stirling. That’s 12:15pm on the 10th at the Alberts Hall. Finally, I have a reading/signing at Castle Hill Books in Richmond, North Yorkshire, on 17 September at 5pm.

And don’t forget to tune in to ITV at 9pm on Wednesday, 31 August for the first episode of series five of DCI Banks.