Ann is delighted to be part of Virtually Together with Pan Mac, a chance for authors and readers to come together and support our beloved high-street bookshops during a time when they need us most. COVID-19 sees booksellers face unprecedented challenges with physical bookshops closed and many stores unable to trade at all. Bookshops are such an important part of our communities and Ann's publisher, Pan Macmillan, wanted to give their authors a chance to share how much their favourite bookshops mean to them.
The tour is taking place virtually, between the 19th and 28th of May and involves authors across Bluebird, Pan, Picador and Macmillan Children's Books, taking readers on a tour of the UK & Ireland, with a different bookshop being highlighted each day.
Ann, with the support of Forum Books, Corbrisge, will be taking part in a Viretual Crime Panel, at 6.30 pm on Tuesday 26th May. The other panelists are Lin Anderson and Fiona Cummins, and Adam Handy will be asking the questions and keeping order. You can watch the discussion live at Crowdcast, or at Pan MacMillan's FaceBook page.
All events are completely free to attend but each bookshop will be letting us know the best way that we can support them at the moment, whether it's buying a book, a gift voucher for when they're able to reopen or just to raise awareness of the important work they do in their communities. Keep an eye on Pan Macmillan's website for all the latest updates.
- Wednesday 18th - Saturday 21st November
- Iceland Noir
Ann Cleeves has written a murder mystery based around a traditional Shetland Sunday tea, especially for librarians and booksellers who would like to host their own murder mystery party. There's a script for four actors (with a guest appearance from detective Jimmy Perez), and - for a really authentic experience! - there are recipes for Shetland homebakes!
Look out for a 'Blood on the Bannocks' event near you - or find out how you can stage your own!