Cell at Eastern State

Cell at Eastern State

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Noircon 2010 Starts Today

Scott Phillips, Megan Abbott, Duane Swierczynski, Reed Farrell Coleman, Christa Faust, George Pelecanos, Laura Lippman, Vicki Hendricks, Robert Polito, Sarah Weinman, Thomas Kaufman, SJ Rozan, Anthony Neil Smith....

I missed the last one and had to endlessly hear about what a great time it was. Noircon 2010 begins today in Philadelphia, and will host some of the best crime writers around. Starting officially tonight with a showing of "David Goodis...To a Pulp," from local filmmaker Larry Withers, the conference will be held at the DoubleTree in Philly with many of the events at the Society Hill Playhouse on 8th Street. Here's a schedule, though a lot of the fun will be hanging out with everyone after the events.

The conference is run by Philly's own Lou Boxer, a lover of great writing and tireless supporter of the local Philly writing scene, and was originally called GoodisCon, for Lou's favorite pulp writer, the homegrown genius David Goodis. NoirCon 2010 runs through Sunday and ends with an event at the Moonstone Arts Center, the official launch of Philadelphia Noir from Akashic Books, a collection of hardboiled stories edited by Carlin Romano that includes work from Duane Swierczynski, Solomon Jones, Jim Zervanos and a bunch of other great local writers.