Friday, January 21, 7:30 PM
National Book Critics Circle & Akashic Books
present Philadelphia Noir
Featuring Carlin Romano, editor of Philadelphia Noir
Philadelphia Noir contributors Halimah Marcus and Laura Spagnoli
Bronx Noir editor/Manhattan Noir contributor S.J. Rozan
Tim Mcloughlin, editor of Brooklyn Noir 1, 2, and 3
Acclaimed indie publisher Akashic has taken the literary world by storm with their Noir series, featuring anthologies of original crime fiction set in different cities around the world – starting with Brooklyn, of course! To celebrate the release of their newest collection, Philadelphia Noir, Greenlight welcomes authors and editors from the Akashic Noir series to read from their work this evening. The National Book Critics Circle will co-host this event.
Carlin Romano, Critic-at-Large of the Chronicle of Higher Education and Literary Critic of the Philadelphia Inquirer for twenty-five years (1984–2009), is now Professor of Philosophy and Humanities at Ursinus College. In 2006, he was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in Criticism, cited by the Pulitzer Board for “bringing new vitality to the classic essay across a formidable array of topics.” He lives in University City.
Laura Spagnoli lived in various apartments in Philadelphia’s Rittenhouse Square area for twelve years before moving to the Italian Market neighborhood. Her poetry has appeared in ONandOnScreen.net, New Millennium Writings, and Philadelphia Stories, among other places. She works as an associate professor of French instruction at Temple University, where she founded a magazine featuring students’ original writing translated into and out of English.
Halimah Marcus was born in Philadelphia and grew up in Narberth, a western suburb of the city. After receiving her BA in English at Vassar College, she returned to live and work in West Philadelphia. She currently attends Brooklyn College’s MFA Program in Creative Writing for fiction.
Tim McLoughlin is the editor of the multiple–-ward winning anthology Brooklyn Noir and its companion volumes, Brooklyn Noir 2: The Classics and Brooklyn Noir 3: Nothing but the Truth. His novel, Heart of the Old Country, won Italy’s Premio Penne award and is the basis for the Serenade Films motion picture The Narrows. His short fiction and essays have appeared in Confrontation, A Public Space, and the Brooklyn Rail, as well as the anthologies The Subway Chronicles, New Orleans Noir, and Best American Mystery Stories 2005.
Bronx Noir (and contributor to Manhattan Noir)
SJ Rozan, a native New Yorker, is the author of twelve novels. Her work has won the Edgar, Shamus, Anthony, Nero, and Macavity awards for Best Novel and the Edgar for Best Short Story. She's also the recipient of the Japanese Maltese Falcon Award. She is the editor of Bronx Noir which was chosen as a NAIBA “Notable Book of the Year” and she also contributed a story to Manhattan Noir. SJ has served on the National Boards of Mystery Writers of America and Sisters in Crime, and is ex-President of the Private Eye Writers of America. She speaks, lectures and teaches, and she runs a summer writing workshop in Assisi, Italy. In January 2003 SJ was an invited speaker at the Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. The 2005 Left Coast Crime convention in El Paso, Texas made her its Guest of Honor and she was Toastmaster at Bouchercon 2009. A former architect in a practice that focussed on police stations, firehouses, and zoos, SJ Rozan lives in lower Manhattan.
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