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Book launches are back! Award-winning crime writer Ann Cleeves launches new book in Devon

Posted on 20 Aug 2021

Ann CleevesLibraries around Devon and Torbay are rolling out a fresh new programme of author events for the late summer and early autumn, including a prestigious book launch.

Crime writer Ann Cleeves, author of the ‘Vera’ and ‘Shetland’ series of crime novels, is going to launch the second novel in her new series at Crediton and Kingsbridge Libraries. The book, The Heron’s Cry, is set in North Devon and is the sequel to The Long Call.

Library Supervisor for Kingsbridge Library Maria Johnson said: “Ann also launched the first in the series here a couple of years ago and I’m so delighted that she is coming back for this one. The event will also be live streamed by the publisher Macmillan.”

Library Supervisor from Crediton Library Sue Lee added: “We’re so pleased to be fully open and welcoming authors back again after being closed for so long in lockdown. Our customers absolutely love meeting visiting authors and they’re amongst our most popular events. We’re all really excited to roll out a new programme of author talks and book launches around Devon for the autumn.”

Ann Cleeves was brought up in North Devon. Her Vera Stanhope series of novels were brought to life in the TV detective series Vera and her Jimmy Perez novels in the TV series Shetland. Ann’s Matthew Venn novel The Long Call (from the Two Rivers book series) will be launched on TV in the autumn.

Ann will be at Crediton Library at 6.30pm on Wednesday 1st September. Tickets are £5 and are available from the community-owned bookshop The Bookery thebookery.org.uk/events or phone 01363 774740. Ann Cleeves is a patron of The Bookery. Crediton Library will also be filming the event which will then go online.

She’ll be at Kingsbridge Library at 1.30pm on Thursday 2nd September. Tickets are £5, or £20 to include a copy of the book, and should be booked in advance, either from Kingsbridge Library or go to harbourbookshop.co.uk The Harbour Bookshop is an independent bookshop, working in partnership with Kingsbridge Library for author visits. Those buying a ticket online will have the option of viewing the livestream.

Crime Writer’s Association Dagger in the Library Award-winning crime writer, Kate Ellis, whose Wesley Peterson novels are set in Dartmouth and the South Hams, will also be doing a book signing at Kingsbridge Library on Wednesday 15th September. Keep an eye on Kingsbridge Library Facebook page for details.

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