Crime writer phenomenon sweeping the nation lands in the Bull City for the first time! Seven crime authors from four states read, mingle, and sign books during the Bull City's first ever Noir at the Bar event.
"Noir at the Bar" is a nationwide movement popularized in St. Louis by Scott Phillips and Peckerwood author Jedidiah Ayres for independent crime authors to gather, meet, and read their work. Bars in New Orleans, San Francisco, NYC, Baltimore, and even Toronto (and many more) have hosted past events that showcase both new and experienced writers.
Durham's inaugural event will feature Steve Weddle (Country Hardball), Grant Jerkins (The Ninth Step), Eryk Pruitt (Dirtbags), Chad Rohrbacher (Karma Backlash), Peter Farris (Last Call for the Living), Charles Dodd White (Sinners of Sanction County), and Phillip Thompson (Deep Blood).
"This event is a great opportunity to bring some hardboiled fun to Durham," said Dirtbags author (and Triangle Writers member) Eryk Pruitt. Pruitt also wrote and produced the award-winning, local short film "Foodie" in 2012. "The internet has brought the neo-noir community a little closer, but nothing beats putting a face to the screen name. And if you can do it to the tune of a couple great drink specials, then all the better."
The event starts at 6:30 and is expected to end around 9:30, although it could go later. Folks are free to purchase books on-site or bring their own for autographs. People are encouraged to drop in for a drink and listen to a reading or two to decide if they want to hear more about the author's work. "Or simply stop in for a good time, because there will be plenty of those," says Pruitt.
Pruitt hopes this will only be the first of many Noir at the Bar events for Durham. With Bouchercon, the international mystery writer's convention scheduled for Raleigh in 2015, Pruitt says there will be plenty crime writers in the neighborhood who will be looking for a familiar place to call home.