Wednesday, November 03, 2010

DBB welcomes Noircon

Early arrivals are on their way to #Noircon2010 in Philadelphia, which opens Thursday evening. Here's what they can expect when they get here.



See you at the hotel bar and the P&P.
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I was a convention virgin when I signed up very late for Noircon 2008, but I got experienced quickly, and before the event was over, I resolved to sign up for that year's Bouchercon. I attended, and the rest is convention history — an ongoing history, I am happy to say. So I have a certain sentimental attachment to Noircon 2008, because a crime fan never forgets his first con.

© Peter Rozovsky 2010

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9 Comments:

Blogger Paul D. Brazill said...

Have a good one, mate.

November 03, 2010  
Blogger The Celtic Kagemusha said...

That photo at the top right reminds me of my viit to my brother when he lived in Philly.
Although in his case it was a guy who seemed to be always sleeping rough on the street corner just opposite his apartment.

In Dublin its more the entrances of fashionable Grafton Street shops, but in Philly they seemed to be more open about it.
It seems this particular guy was a long-time 'resident' of that particular 'patch'

November 03, 2010  
Blogger seana said...

Off topic, but I thought you might be interested in a favorable piece the Guardian did on Hard Case Crime.

I hope Noircon is a great time for everyone.

November 03, 2010  
Blogger Peter Rozovsky said...

Much obliged, Paul. You'd probably have a good time if you came over next-- well, I can't say "year" becuase the first Noircon was 2008, and this is the second, but one of these years. Maybe a future Noircon could include a panel on noir short stories.

November 03, 2010  
Blogger Peter Rozovsky said...

TCK, I liked the juxtaposition of the sign and the furnishings on the ground.

November 03, 2010  
Blogger Peter Rozovsky said...

Thanks, Seana. The subject of distinctive looks in crime-fiction publishing is a frequent topic of conversation in person and here. Hard Case always comes up, as do Soho and Europa Editions. Bitter Lemon would qualify, too. I like such looks, but it's unclear to me why the Guardian writer thinks such looks are especially important to publishers' survival now.

The writer also misses one nuance of the story. He (or she) writes the the rebirth of Hard Case "does rather torpedo my story about the survival of the fittest-looking. I couldn't tell you the first thing about the brand identity of Titan Books, the company that has bought Hard Case Crime."

The writer could probably not tell you the first thing about the brand identity of Dorchester Publishing, which previously published Hard Case Crime. The brand identity lies with the Hard Case imprint, not with the publisher that issues the books.

Incidentally, the author of one of the two titles that Charles Ardai mentions in the Guardian piece will be joining us at Noircon.

November 03, 2010  
Blogger Peter Rozovsky said...

Paul, I read your essay in the Noircon program, and I'll take names.

November 08, 2010  
Blogger Paul D. Brazill said...

Peter,

Thanks for reading. I didn't know if Lou used it!

He asked me for something on the night before the programme went to print and so I wrote it quickly, in two drafts!I sent it off and never heard back from Lou so I assumed it was crap!

Cheers for the info!

November 08, 2010  
Blogger Peter Rozovsky said...

Lou says he plans to send copies to all the contributors. And it's one hell of an attractive little book.

By the way, if you think that the woman on the cover with the gun in her hand looks like Megan Abbott, that's because she is Megan Abbott.

November 08, 2010  

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