Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Louis Bayard at Philly's Sunday mystery brunch

Louis Bayard, author of The Black Tower, reads (and eats) at this Sunday's Crime Fiction Club Brunch sponsored by Robin's Bookstore in Philadelphia.

Find out why Bayard's writing is:

"Delicious. [Bayard] inbues(s) his characters with real soul. You may find yourself, more than two centuries after the fact, aching over the fate of the pitiful young Dauphin. A-"

Come hear why the Christian Science Monitor calls The Black Tower one of the best novels of 2008.

It all begins at 1 p.m. at Les Bons Temps, 114 S. 12th Street, 215-238-9100. For more information on the restaurant and to browse the menu, click here. Brunch is à la carte.

© Peter Rozovsky 2008



Blogger petra michelle; Whose role is it anyway? said...

Sounds like another good one, Peter!

Wanted to let you know that I've finally gotten around to listing my 2008 authors today! Whew!
Since blogging, I seem to be
continually playing catch up! It really does take a deep chunk out of my daily routine.

Also, Peter, I wanted to pass The
Proximidade Award along to you. My
way of saying how much I enjoy your blog.

Blogger really is getting creative with their word verification. But this one couldn't be less apropos
to Detectives Beyond Borders.
"subtler" :))

December 10, 2008  
Blogger Peter Rozovsky said...

Thanks. You've tipped the hat to quite a number of blogs, but I think I'll be able to come up with one or two more. This could be a nice way to recognize a blog that I enjoy but whose subject matter does not lend itself to frequent mention here.

Are you serious? V-word "subtler"? Woo hoo! I AM SUBTLER! I AM SUBTLER!

December 10, 2008  
Blogger petra michelle; Whose role is it anyway? said...

The Dalai Lama can be very noir, Peter! His stance against the Chinese in Tibet isn't very joyful,
you must have heard. :))

December 10, 2008  
Blogger Peter Rozovsky said...

You think he packs a piece?

December 10, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I hope, I offend not to much,

but for me this sound like the definite argument against the book:

"Christian Science Monitor calls The Black Tower one of the best novels of 2008."

I mean, I can't see that they tolerate the real tough, noir ect. books I enjoyed this year.

December 11, 2008  
Blogger Peter Rozovsky said...

While it might not tolerate the tough noir you enjoyed, Tana French and John Le Carre join Louis Bayard on the best-books list. A lot of papers might not put crime fiction of any kind on a best-books list. And the Christian Scienece Monitor is a fine newspaper that takes more interest in the world outside that U.S. than many others do. I think that other than a brief piece about Christian Science ech day, it's not at all preachy, either.

December 11, 2008  
Blogger Peter Rozovsky said...

I just noticed that Ian Rankin's Exit Music is also on the list. That's four crime novels on a short best-books list. That's more respect that crime fiction gets in a lot of places.

December 11, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm back a bit late, I hope you forgive me and enjoyed (or still enjoy) your Holidays (there is, btw, a small discussion in Germany whether the Holiday greetings (which we don't use) instead of Christmas greetings are a sign of the end of the classical western values).

Anyway, I just realized that this year and last year there were some non-noirs that I hold in high esteem (e.g. Nancy Pickards The Virgin of Small Plains). People ignoring non-noirs are not better than than those ignoring noirs because they are brutal and dark (but not so much as reality). Both are not willing to take a book for what it is but for that what is represents for them.

ראש השנה טוב

December 30, 2008  
Blogger Peter Rozovsky said...

Thanks, and a happy new year to you.

One non-noir, non-hard-boiled that I especially enjoyed this year was Bertie and the Seven Bodies. Peter Lovesey is so good that he can write a comic mystery and a convincing English countryhouse mystery and poke fun at English countryhouse mysteries at the same time.

December 31, 2008  

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