Innovation Cafe is back
What do a giant technology solutions company and best selling crime fiction author have have in common? They are both part of the lunchtime Innovation Cafe Speaker series happening this June in Foster Place. All welcome.
On the 13 June at 13.00 (12.30 lunch), author John Connolly takes us on a journey to explore ’The book and the writer in the electronic age‘.
John will delve into his own background and share his experiences of the changing face of writing, getting published, creating characters such as the legendary Charlie Parker and adapting for radio and tv.
John Connolly was born in Dublin, Ireland in 1968 and has, at various points in his life, worked as a journalist, a bartender, a local government official, a waiter and at Harrods department store in London. He studied English in Trinity College, Dublin and journalism at Dublin City University, subsequently spending five years working as a freelance journalist for The Irish Times newspaper, to which he continues to contribute occasionally.
Connolly’s first novel, Every Dead Thing (1999), introduced readers to Charlie Parker, a former policeman hunting the killer of his wife and daughter. He won a Shamus award for the novel, making him the first non-American to receive the award. Dark Hollow followed in 2000. The third Parker novel, The Killing Kind, was published in 2001, with The White Road following in 2002. In 2003, John published his fifth novel—and first stand-alone book—Bad Men
In 2004, Nocturnes, a collection of novellas and short stories, was added to the list, and 2005 marked the publication of the fifth Charlie Parker novel, The Black Angel. John’s seventh novel, The Book of Lost Things, a story about fairy stories and the power that books have to shape our world and our imaginations, was published in September 2006, followed by the next Parker novel, The Unquiet (2007), The Reapers (2008), The Lovers (2009), and The Whisperers (2010). The tenth Charlie Parker novel, The Burning Soul, was published in 2011. His latest Charlie Parker thriller, The Wrath of Angels, was published in the UK in 2012 and in the US on January 1, 2013.
Connolly published his first children’s novel, The Gates, in 2009, and its sequel, The Infernals, in 2011. The third Samuel Johnson novel, The Creeps, will be published in 2013. Connolly has also collaborated with his partner, Jennifer Ridyard, on Dominion, a fantasy novel for young adults to be published in the autumn of 2013.
Books to Die For (2012), an anthology Connolly co-edited with author Declan Burke, collects essays from 120 of the world’s top crime writers on their recommendations for the one mystery novel all fans of the genre should read.Connolly has hosted ABC to XTC, a weekly radio show featuring the best punk, post-punk and electronic music of the 1980s, on Internet radio station RTE 2XM since 2010. He is based in Dublin but divides his time between his native city and Portland, Maine, where a number of his novels have been set. http://www.johnconnollybooks.com/
Innovation Cafe Speaker series is designed and created by the Innovation Academy at Trinity College Dublin. The event is recorded and the online resource can be found here. The Innovation Cafe series is supported by TCD Alumni.