Bloody Scotland in Dundee

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I was glad to have the chance to catch the Bloody Scotland tour in the Dundee Library last night. As a part of the Dundee Festival of Libraries and Book Week Scotland, it was a great kick off of the week of events. I even made it to the book swap flashmob (though a bit late so more flash than mob) where I picked up a copy of the Treasures anthology and swapped a review book for a signed copy of Jeff Noon’s Automated Alice which looks fun.

I have to say any event that starts off with offering folks a cuppa before they’ve even sat down gets high marks immediately. 🙂

Featured writers included Gordon Brown, Chris Longmuir and Will Jordan, all of whom read a little then answered a few questions. Brown was up first. One of the organisers for the fest, he spoke of the perils of retaining his name, relating an episode where a drunken woman mistook him for the politician and castigated him for selling books when he ought to be sorting out the economy. Having the mistake pointed out, however, she was apologetic and bought three books.

Longmuir read from her Dundee-set novel Missing Believed Dead and spoke about how her years as a social worker helped in her “overnight” success of winning the Dundee prize after years of work. Like many crime writers she bemoaned the administrative changes in the polis and also noted that Dundee keeps changing so fast that it’s hard to set stories in specific places.

Will Jordan admitted it was his first time actually doing a reading but he seemed entirely at ease as he read from his thriller Redemption. He later admitted to writing a lot of his first book while at work, after discovering the super-hard working admin he viewed with awe was actually writing romances (three a year). I suspect during NaNoWriMo the numbers of folks doing that increases.

As usual Waterstones was there to sell their books to the audience. Friday has more crime fiction when James Oswald comes to town. There are all kinds of events this week at the library and at the DCA.

[Pssst, there’s still time to win the Michael Crichton/John Lange books, too.]
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