Bookmark, marking a moment for Fair of Face

09 +00002017-10-23T21:04:28+00:0031 2012 § 5 Comments

Window on the world of Bookmark

Last Monday dawned squally.  As I drove to Spalding for the first signing session of Fair of Face, the leaves were being snatched from the trees, victims of whatever the latest Atlantic storm was called (I’ve lost track!).  As I approached Spalding, the rain arrived. (Lovers of pathetic fallacy, take note!)  However, once inside Bookmark, I was safe, as I knew I would be, enveloped by its usual high standard of hospitality, warmth and the provision of many interesting people to talk to.

Last year, when Rooted in Dishonour was launched – the staff at Bookmark have, magnificently, given me events for all my novels – the café was closed for refurbishment.  This year, I was delighted to find it open, with an enticing range of treats to choose from.  My husband, never behind the door when it comes to food, indulged in a farmer’s breakfast and, a few hours later, a massive slice of coffee and walnut cake. I confined myself to a cheese and tomato toastie (not as modest as it sounds: Spalding helpings are generous!).

I was there until 3 p.m., signing copies of Fair of Face.  Several old friends, readers I have met since In the Family was published in 2012, came in to see me.  I met new readers, too, some of whom wanted to buy all the DI Yates titles, starting with the first – though I made it clear to them, as I do to all new readers, that each novel is a standalone. As I’ve said before, I think it’s cheating to expect readers to have to read all the previous titles in order to make sense of the latest one.

On Tuesday, a radio programme followed the Bookmark signing session: Carla Green interviewed me on Radio Lincolnshire at lunchtime, asking some particularly searching questions about Fair of Face, and generously promoted the events at Spalding and Stamford (see below).

I was back in Bookmark on Thursday evening to give a talk and two readings to members of Bookmark’s reading group and some of its other customers, too.  An author’s dream audience, they were extremely lively and engaged and, if any of them is reading this post: Thank you very much indeed for a magnificent evening – you were brilliant in your response!  And huge thanks to Sam Buckley, Sarah Halgarth and all the rest of the staff at Bookmark for welcoming me again and working so hard to make great successes of both occasions there.

This coming week the wonderful Chris Hamilton-Emery, founder of Salt Publishing and the equally wonderful Emma Dowson, Salt’s PR Manager, have organised a blog tour for Fair of Face. Here’s the tour and I hope to ‘meet’ some of you there.  I’d like to thank all the bloggers who have so generously contributed their time and their oxygen to this.

There are several other events in the pipeline:

  • 4th November.  Signing session. Walkers Bookshop, Stamford.
  • 18th November.  Readings and workshop {‘Fair of Face but dark at heart’), Wakefield One.
  • Date tbc, February 2018.  Readings and workshop, Lincoln City Library.
  • 17th February 2018.  Readings and workshop, Spalding Library.
  • Dates tbc: Readings and workshop, University of Winchester

Review in Lincolnshire Life

There will be other events and reviews, too, which I’ll announce here when I have more details.  If anyone reading this is organising an event to which I could contribute, I should be very happy to hear from you.

Last but certainly not least, if you have bought Fair of Face, I should like to offer you my sincerest thanks: authors are not authors without readers and I want you to know that I feel greatly honoured knowing you have spent several hours of your precious time reading my book. I do hope that you enjoy it.

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§ 5 Responses to Bookmark, marking a moment for Fair of Face

  • vallypee says:

    I hear from the big A that my copy is in the post and on the way, so I’m very much looking forward to it, Christina! I wish I could come to one of these events too. They look such fun!

  • Jwelling says:

    Stunning event snaps. What a great town!

  • Susan Soule says:

    My copy of Fair of Face arrived and, as with all of Ms. James’s novels, I read it the same night! (My husband complains every time I’ve read one of her novels: I simply cannot go to sleep without finishing the book and finding out what happens!) Fair of Face is of the same caliber as the previous ones; and as Ms. James says above, it’s not necessary to read any of the others in order to enjoy each one individually. I will note one exception to this, though: the characters’ development, individually as well as in relation to one another, deepens and changes with each book, and that’s where a great deal of my enjoyment lies. But that’s not to say that the story itself is not spellbinding, marked by Ms. James’ thoughtful and socially conscious worldview. Her obvious interest in humanity and human rights permeates her writing, making her characters seem like real people. Please keep writing, Ms. James — I can’t wait for the next one!

    • Well! Speechless. What every author hopes to hear… and with knobs on! Thank you so very much, Susan, for making my day! I’m thrilled to know that the U.S. is embracing DI Yates and, as I can safely say that New York’s hospitality is second to none, he’ll have a wonderful time over there! 😄

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