Noir at the Bar's been getting legs across the States over the last couple of years. What with Toronto's shiny new reputation for licentious behaviour... Let's just say it's time we hold up our end.
For those who haven't had the pleasure, Noir at the Bar is short gritty fiction read in a bar. This ain't your Grandma's book club (unless she's wont to spike her tea and prone to drunken stupors).
If you like your crime fiction served dark, here's a crowd who read and write it that way.
Our Toronto authors on Thursday May 8th include John McFetridge, fresh off the launch of BLACK ROCK, Howard Shrier whose MISS MONTREAL has been long-listed for the Arthur Ellis Best Novel, Jill Edmondson of Sasha Jackson fame, and Andrew Pyper, whose THE DEMONOLOGIST is a finalist for the 2014 International Thriller Writers Award for Best Novel. MCs Tanis Mallow and Rob Brunet will be reading as well, Brunet from STINKING RICH which debuts summer 2014.
We've got four out-of-town guests to juice the party: Owen Laukkanen of Vancouver just back from his U.S. tour for KILL FEE; Hilary Davidson, up from NYC to launch BLOOD ALWAYS TELLS; Terrence McCauley, also of NYC, fresh off his triple New Pulp Award wins for best author, best novel (SLOW BURN), and best short story; and Frank de Blase is crossing the pond from Rochester to read from BUSTED VALENTINES.
There's no cover, and PJ O'Brien's got a great pub menu if you're coming straight from work. Doors open 6:30 p.m. Short readings every half hour or so after that.
Let us know you're coming by joining the event on Facebook.