Thursday, November 8, 2012

NoirCon 2012 Convention In Philadelphia Proves It's Always Dark Enough

Tirdad Derkhshani at the Philadelphia Inquirer reports on the NoirCon convention in Philadelphia this week.

Noir, the dark literary genre populated by desperate killers, depressive, guilt-ridden cops, and down-and-out losers, thrived in the 1940s and 1950s.
James M. Cain, Jim Thompson, Mickey Spillane, and that greatest of all urban anthropologists, Philadelphia's David Goodis, produced a mini-explosion of crime novels and movies.

Half a century later, noir still thrives, says critic, editor, publisher, and crime fiction bookstore owner Otto Penzler. "There is more noir being written today than any time in history," says Penzler, who will speak at Philadelphia NoirCon, a four-day celebration of noir in books, art, music, film, and TV, Thursday through Sunday at various Center City locations.

The biannual event will feature more than 30 writers, critics, and musicians, including Robert Polito, DJ Morbita, Megan Abbott, Robert Olen Butler, and Philadelphia singer and novelist Wesley Stace, who is known to music fans as John Wesley Harding.

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