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Nights of Noir
September 16, 2020 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm CDT$25.00
Welcome to the world of Noir, where the streets are dark with something more than night. Join us for a literary joyride through Texas and the West, down Park Avenue, and into the frigid Nordic landscape, a journey where the desperate and duplicitous encounter corruption, betrayal, and death – and no one comes out unscathed. Explore four timeless hardboiled classics: Dashiell Hammett’s Red Harvest, which started it all; Laura, The Getaway, and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.
Sep 16: Dashiell Hammett – Red Harvest
Detective-story master Dashiell Hammett gives us yet another unforgettable read in Red Harvest: When the last honest citizen of Poisonville was murdered, the Continental Op stayed on to punish the guilty–even if that meant taking on an entire town. Red Harvest is more than a superb crime novel: it is a classic exploration of corruption and violence in the American grain.
Oct 21: Stieg Larsson – The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Murder mystery, family saga, love story, and financial intrigue combine into one satisfyingly complex and entertainingly atmospheric novel, the first in Stieg Larsson’s thrilling Millenium series featuring Lisbeth Salander.
Harriet Vanger, a scion of one of Sweden’s wealthiest families disappeared over forty years ago. All these years later, her aged uncle continues to seek the truth. He hires Mikael Blomkvist, a crusading journalist recently trapped by a libel conviction, to investigate. He is aided by the pierced and tattooed punk prodigy Lisbeth Salander. Together they tap into a vein of unfathomable iniquity and astonishing corruption.
Nov 18: Vera Caspary – Laura
Laura was the ideal “modern woman” and the ultimate femme fatale. No man could resist her charms—not even the hardboiled NYPD detective sent to investigate her murder. This 1942 psychological thriller is as gripping and brilliantly constructed as the Preminger film.
Dec 16: Jim Thompson – The Getaway
The Getaway is the classic story of a bank robbery gone horribly wrong, where the smallest mistakes have catastrophic consequences, and shifting loyalties lead to betrayals and chaos. The basis for the classic Steve McQueen film of the same name, as well as a 1994 remake with Alec Baldwin, Thompson’s novel set the bar for every heist story that followed–but as Thompson’s proved time and again, nobody’s ever done it better than the master.
Facilitated by William Glenn and Eusebio Diaz.
William Glenn co-founded the bilingual literary/cultural journal Terra Incognita and is author of A Brief Guide to American Poetry (Premier Poets Chapbook Series). Recent publications include two poems in AMP: Journal of Digital Literature. He co-leads Gemini Ink’s Nights of Noir series and works at the University of Texas at the San Antonio Libraries.
Eusebio Diaz has developed a deep affinity for classic, noir and hardboiled fiction and has presented on the genre frequently. Diaz is presently working on a book set in his birthplace and hometown, Carrizo Springs. He received a BA in Anthropology and a MA in Bicultural-Bilingual Studies, both from the University of Texas at San Antonio and resides in Houston, Texas.