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4th Annual Noir Literary Night
22 Jan 2009 6:00 pm
22 Jan 2009 8:00 pm

San Francisco Noir 2: The Classics

From Wild West outpost to dystopian cosmopolis, San Francisco is exposed in all its treacherous glory as the editor of San Francisco Noir 2 is joined by contemporary noir virtuosos for an evening of readings. Using the lens of crime fiction, we journey into the literary and historic past to explore a sinister landscape populated by the possessed, the dispossessed, and the wandering ghosts of days gone by.

Peter Maravelis is a native San Franciscan with a life-long involvement in the art and literary scenes. He programs the events calendar at City Lights Bookstore and is editor of San Francisco Noir published by Akashic Books. He's been known to occasionally moonlight with private investigators.

Craig Clevenger is the author of The Contortionist's Handbook and Dermaphoria, both released by MacAdam/Cage Publishing. His work has been classified by some as neo-noir and has received praise from such authors as Chuck Palahniuk and Irvine Welsh.

David Corbett has as a private investigator for over 15 years, played a significant part in a number of high-profile criminal and civil litigations. He is the author of three critically acclaimed novels: The Devil's Redhead, Done for a Dime, and Blood of Paradise. He's also penned numerous articles and stories—one of which, "It Can Happen," from San Francisco Noir, was nominated for the Macavity Award for Best Short Story of 2005

Janet Dawson has written nine novels featuring Oakland private investigator Jeri Howard. Her first, Kindred Crimes, won the St. Martin's Press/Private Eye Writers of America contest for best first private eye novel. It was nominated in the best first category for three mystery awards, the Shamus, the Macavity and the Anthony. Dawson is a long-time member of Mystery Writers of America and Sisters in Crime, serving as MWA NorCal president, and more recently, chair of the Edgar Allan Poe awards.

Don Herron is the author of The Dark Barbarian, Willeford, The Dashiell Hammett Tour, and The Literary World of San Francisco and Its Environs. He founded the Dashiell Hammett Walking Tour, which is the longest lived literary tour in America. Don is also the co-founder of San Francisco's legendary Suicide Club.

Domenic Stansberry is an Edgar Award winning novelist known for his dark, innovative crime novels. His most recent novel The Ancient Rain, is set in the aftermath of 9/ll, when a federal investigator re-opens murder charges in a politically charged slaying that occurred some thirty years before. Other books in the same series include The Big Boom and Chasing the Dragon.

Members Free; Public $12

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