Noir at the Bar Melbourne redux & other upcoming literary events

Just updating Pulp Curry readers about some literary events I’ll be part of in August and early September.

First up, Melbourne’s second Noir at the Bar will take place on Tuesday, August 15, at Grub Street Bookshop, 379 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy. Some of Melbourne’s best noiristas will be on hand to read their crime fiction to you. Featuring Des Barry, Annie Hauxwell (author of the Catherine Berlin crime books), Jessica Curry, Ian Rogers (author of The Student, which I recently reviewed on this site) and Laura Elizabeth Woollett, whose short story collection, The Love of a Bad Man, has been published by Scribe. Yours truly will be doing MC duties on the night.

The first Noir at the Bar Melbourne event earlier this year had a great crowd and a great atmosphere and we are hoping this one will be the same. Kick off is 7pm. Entry is free, the drinks will be cheap & there will be books for sale. So, come and support some great authors and Melbourne’s coolest second hand bookshop. More details are available at this link. Hope to see you there.

August also sees the annual Melbourne Writers Festival (MWF) at which I’m involved in a number of events. I’ll be interviewing Tom and Meg Keneally about their historical crime fiction series of books, The Soldier’s Curse and The Unmourned, on Saturday September 2 at Dandenong Library and Sunday, September 4, at ACMI Cinema 1. Details of both events are available here.

I am also very excited to be interviewing one of my favourite writers, Megan Abbott, at St Kilda library on Saturday, August 26 at 3.30pm. Many regular Pulp Curry readers will no doubt be familiar with Abbott’s work, both her earlier novels in which she put a unique spin on classic noir tales, as well as her more recent domestic noir novels. I’ll be talking to Megan Abbott her books, as well as her work on the upcoming HBO television show, The Deuce, which chronicles the legalisation and subsequent rise of the porn industry in New York’s Times Square from the early 1970s through the mid-1980s (be still my beating heart).

This is a free event but you do need to book. If you are interested I suggest you get in quick as places are limited. Details are on the MWF site here.

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