Kentucky’s “Noir at the Bar”

Today’s readers of “crime fiction” can enjoy so much more than the once-narrow range between pulp detective stories and heist procedurals. There are now murder cozies, urban fantasies, paranormal romances, serial-killer slashers, political thrillers, and philosophical novels of drug and refugee crises under this big tent—and all have some top-notch authors. An extraordinary author lineup, homegrown as well as distinguished visitors, is appearing at a pair of events this weekend. It’s the local answer to the nationwide phenomenon of “Noir at the Bar,” a literary gathering with a party atmosphere. Authors give readings, then casually schmooze with fans and the merely curious, at a watering hole. On Friday evening, Nov. 17, there’ll be one of these at Apollo Pizza in Richmond (9410 W. Broad St.), where author/raconteur Wesley Browne regularly holds court—this time he’ll have plenty of company. Louisville’s turn is on Saturday, at our 3rd Turn Brewing location. Possible participants at either or both nights: NY Times-lauded wunderkind S.A. Cosby, Appalachian-noir master David Joy, Shamus Award-winner James D.F. Hannah, and J.H. Markert.

Saturday, Nov. 18

3rd Turn Brewing
7 p.m. | Free
10408 Watterson Trl.

About the Author

Kentucky’s “Noir at the Bar”

New Jersey–expatriate T.E. Lyons reconnected with the written word coincident with the arrival of his first child. His byline has since appeared on over a thousand reviews, previews, features, and fiction pieces–and a clutch of journalism awards. Favorite interview questions: “What’s your idea of good country music?” and “Do you think that last question was meant to bait you?” Reading and listening suggestions always welcome.


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