Waterstones and HarperCollins will host a joint literary festival celebrating crime fiction, with a combination of virtual and literary events.
The Killer Crime Festival will be held over the 13th and 14th March, with live events taking place at Waterstones stores alongside an online festival programme.
Live events will include Simon Toyne appearing in Brighton, Lin Anderson in Inverness, Ian Sansom in Exeter and an event at Waterstones' flagship Piccadilly store. Meanwhile, HarperCollins' digital first crime list Killer Reads will host a series of free-to-attend online sessions across social media platforms, including Twitter and Google Hangouts.
HarperCollins UK c.e.o. Charlie Redmayne said: "Crime and thriller aficionados are the most impassioned readers of any fiction genre and the Killer Crime Festival is an inspired way to bring together readers and authorial talent. I am absolutely delighted that HarperCollins and Waterstones are working together on this pioneering project – a project that fuses audience engagement in the traditional bookshop environment with engagement in the digital space."
Waterstones m.d. James Daunt said: "With so many brilliant authors in our shops over the Festival, it is fantastic that a wider digital audience can contribute to and enjoy the excitement."
Last year saw Gollancz and Waterstones team up for a sci-fi and fantasy festival made up of both live events and social media activities.