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Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Noir at the Bar Returns!

"Noir at the Bar" has become an international phenomenon but it started right here in the Delaware Valley. The premise is simple: Crime fiction writers read and answer questions at a good (or wonderfully divey) bar, because while we all love a good bookstore, not many serve 12-year-old Irish Whiskey. Gritty noir and booze are natural allies on the page, the screen and at the end of a working day. The event began in Philadelphia under the direction of Peter Rozovsky and spread from there. St. Louis and Los Angeles picked up the tradition and now host the two largest Noir at the Bar events in the country. Peter Rozovsky and I decided that the East Coast needed representation again and called Farley's Bookstore to see if they'd be interested in resurrecting the original Noir at the Bar format. They couldn't say no.  John and Peter's in New Hope, Pennsylvania graciously gave us the space to hold the event and Peter, William Hastings and the great crew at Farley's set to work lining up talent. May 23rd will mark the re-launch of the Philadelphia area Noir at the Bar series, hosted by Farley's Bookshop, John & Peter's and carefully guided by Noir at the bar founder Peter Rozovsky.

The night's two featured readers will be Asbury Park's Wallace Stroby and yours truly. There are some special guest readers in the works, including Don Lafferty and others whose names will remain secret until the 23rd at 9pm. Wallace is the author of hard-bitten Jersey crime classics like Kings of Midnight, Gone 'Til November and The Barbed Wire Kiss, and his new series featuring tough-as-nails armed robber Crissa Stone is in development at Showtime with Ted Talley, the screenwriter of Silence of the Lambs. Wallace knows crime, having been an editor for thirteen years at the Newark Star-Ledger, Tony Soprano's hometown newspaper.

Come down and join all of us for a great evening of good drinks and great fiction on Thursday, May 23rd. John and Peter's is at 96 South Main Street in New Hope and the event begins at 9:00pm.

1 comment:

  1. Putting crime back where it belongs? Need a rap sheet to get in?