Tuesday, November 09, 2010

What was new at Noircon / #Noircon2010 ?

For me, it was:

Meeting: Hilary Davidson, Jedidiah Ayres, Cullen Gallagher, Cameron Ashley, Meredith Anthony, Jared Case, Lawrence Light, Wallace Stroby, Larry Withers, Sharyn Pak Withers, Steve Weddle, Todd Mason.

Getting acquainted or reacquainted with: Fantômas, Patricia Highsmith,

Drinking: Hitachino Nest Real Ginger Brew.

And that was in addition to the congenial company I'd come to know from previous conventions.

New beer, new friends, new books. What could be better?
What books, authors or beers have you met for the first time at a crime-fiction convention?

© Peter Rozovsky 2010

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Blogger Dana King said...

Which authors? I my case, pretty much all of them. I'd met only one person who wrote actual books and was paid to have them published, aside from getting their autograph at a signing before I went to Bopuchercon in 2008, where I met and talked with with John McFetridge, Declan Burke, Declan Hughes, Zoe Sharp, Scott Phillips (thank you, Peter), Christa Faust, and Sandra Ruttan. 2009 in Indianapolis was more of the same. I had good reasons not to go to San Francisco, but I'm already registered for St. Louis.

November 09, 2010  
Blogger Peter Rozovsky said...

Since I don't read much U.S. crime fiction, I'm always pleased to meet American crime writers at conventions and later to read them. Scott Phillips and Christa Faust were my big discoveries at the first Noircon, and I don't remember if Megan Abbott was on my radar before that convention. I also still have people on my to-read list from other cons. Whenever I get around to reading them, it's exciting to know about them. And that's one thing conventions are good for: getting attendees to consider writers they might not otherwise get around to.

November 09, 2010  
Blogger Tales from the Birch Wood. said...

The cover art here reminds me of the books about gentleman burgler, Arsène Lupin.


The photo on that site is not typical, but searches will show other covers of the central character in evening dress.

There's a useful link to a blog, Librivox, which lists work that is in the public domain in the US.

November 10, 2010  
Blogger Peter Rozovsky said...

Thanks for the link. Here it is in handy, clickable form. My only complaint is that the writer uses "couple" without "of" -- "in a couple spots, the book refers to the Bertillon system" -- a construction that has always grated on my eyes.

In any case, Arsene Lupin came up in a discussion or two at Noircon, quite possibly in the Fantomas session.

Apropos of works in the public domain, I found the first Fantomas novel on Project Gutenberg.

November 10, 2010  

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