Great news (if you live near Melbourne): On Saturday February 15th at 5pm I will be reading and launching The Only Gaijin in the Village at Readings bookshop, St. Kilda branch. I’m reliably informed (by their website) that Nick Cave frequents this store so if you’re reading this, Nick, feel free to drop by.
It’s been four years since my last book came out and I’d forgotten how hectic things get in the lead up. We’re a month away from the official publication and weeks away from the first event, and it’s all go here!
Above is the delightful quote which Christopher Harding, author of Japan Story: In Search of a Nation was kind enough to give. He’s appearing as part of the Aye Write festival in Glasgow (as am I). He’s in conversation with J. David Simons on March 28th, get along if you can.
The first review of The Only Gaijin in the Village has appeared thanks to Ian Josh Yates on Goodreads. He says:
“Not a travel book, but a found a new home in a world of adventure book, episodic in nature and design, but with enough of a through line and good use of seasons of the year and life to create a singular vision.
I love this genre and appreciate every time an experienced writer puts one out.
Putting this above many other “life in Japan” stories is Maloney’s insight, more than just initial reactions to the new and absurd or interesting, but at times past that to some real looks at what it means to leave a home and family, and what it means to find, or try to find your new home and family.
I’ll also say, if Hemingway makes me want wine and Booth makes me want a roadside beer, then Maloney makes me want a fire in my yard and enough space to enjoy it. Maybe I need to escape the city myself.
Hope a lot of people pick this one up and give it a chance!
Which is lovely of him.
The interviews have begun which has been something of a problem given I’ve had laryngitis for two weeks and sound slightly croakier than a heavy-smoking frog. I did a Q&A with the good people at the Blue Pencil Agency which you can read here.
Hopefully my voice will be back to its best by the time the events kick off. I’m reliably informed that the Sydney launch is changing from February 22nd to the 23rd, but I’m waiting for final confirmation so if you were planning on coming to that from out of town, hold off booking train tickets etc. for a couple of days.
The first Japanese reading has been confirmed, on April 28th at Bar Iznt in Kobe, as part of the Author’s Live series. Link as soon as I get one. Keep an eye on the sidebar for a full list of events, and if you want me to come to a town near you, get in touch. Have public transport, will travel.
It’s been a busy few days! Two new events have been confirmed. On February 22nd I will be at Better Read Than Dead bookshop in Sydney, Australia. I’m really excited about this – not only is it my first time doing in event in Australia, it’s my first time in the country. I tried to go once before for a wedding and managed to break my leg the day before flying. No bouldering for me this time! The event is free but ticketed – get them here.
Then on March 28th I’ll be at Citadel Books in Edinburgh, from 1pm. The bookstore is run by Edinburgh Makar Alan Spence, and is a favourite of mine. I did a reading there last year from my book Fractures and it was a great atmosphere.
I hope to see you at one (or more) of these events!
Here’s a thing. The lovely folks at Blue Pencil Agency recently subjected me to an author Q&A which you can read here. In which I try to sound wise but end up over-sharing, as is my want. Full disclosure, I am one of their editors.
As I mentioned in a previous post, there are going to be a bunch of events in the UK in March, so if you’re planning on coming to see me, books will be on sale. However given the global nature of the modern world I know that some of you reading this are not conveniently situated for the UK. If you fall into that camp but are still thinking of buy the book, can I suggest a pre-order?
Pre-order numbers are very important as they show outlets that there is interest in the book and can make a big difference in bestseller lists and all those Amazon charts. It’s all part of the hype machine that accompanies any release so you’d be doing me a massive favour.
There are many ways you can pre-order. The most obvious, especially for those in the UK, is direct from the publisher here. Free delivery in the UK, cuts out the middle man meaning more money plowed back into independent publishing, and it makes the publisher happy, which means they are more likely to publish me again.
Alternatively, go to your local indie bookstore and order it through them. You’ll be supporting a local business and keeping bookstores alive. If you like books, you love bookstores. Again, if they see there’s a demand for it, they might order a few more. By the way, if you do go down this route, you could casually mention to the staff that the author would be more than happy to pay them a visit and do a reading there. #justsaying
If you’re paperless, itinerant or living in a Japanese apartment where space is at a premium, ebooks will be available. Kindle links are here: US, UK, and Japan.
By the way, this doesn’t just go for me: the best way to support any author is to pre-order, to give ratings and reviews on Amazon and Goodreads, buy books as presents (it’ll be Christmas before you know it!) and generally spread the word. You have no idea how much we appreciate this kind of support. Each 5-star review leaves a warm, fuzzy glow that stays for days.
This is the front cover of The Only Gaijin in the Village and I’m in love. The illustration was done by Jessica Zoni Upton and the design by Abigail Salvesen. I cannot wait to see it adorning shelves around the world. I’ve also got to thank Alan Spence and Christopher Harding for their humbling quotes.
‘It’s a breath of fresh air to encounter this totally different Japan through Iain Maloney’s acute observations and unfailing humour. A deep knowledge of Japan, past and present, illuminates his account, but the people he meets are always front and centre, making this a warm, fun, engaging read. A joy all round.’ Christopher Harding, author of Japan Story: In Search of a Nation
Greetings from a bitterly cold Japan. I’m hiding inside watching the jōbitaki birds drinking from a recently defrosted water butt and wondering how I can be warm without destroying the environment. Beyond wearing more jumpers than is feasible in a man who wants to move his arms, I’m at a loss.
Anyway, now we’re into the new year I’m gearing up for the launch of The Only Gaijin in the Village in March. With that in mind, I have some events to plug. Glaswegians, you are in for a treat.* On March 9th at 1pm I will be in conversation with Zoe Strachan as part of the University of Glasgow’s Creative Conversations series. This is free (books will be on sale).
On March 12th at 6pm I will be appearing at the Mitchell Library as part of the Aye Write! festival. Tickets are £10 and are available from here. This is my first time in the festival so I’m very excited and also a wee bit terrified. I hope to see you there!
There will be many more events coming in the next few weeks as they are confirmed, so keep hitting refresh.
So we’re into 2020 and I’m gearing up for the launch of The Only Gaijin in the Village in March. Expect lots of events in the UK, Japan and, hopefully, some other places, as well as the usual social media flurry. In the meantime, here are a couple of pieces I did for the Japan Times: A review of Seishi Yokomizo’s The Honjin Murders, translated by Louise Heal Kawai here, and a look ahead to the translations and books about Japan to look out for in 2020 here.