Noir at the Bar YYC – coming October 14!

NBYYC Oct14 2014Following a long tradition of events, beginning in Philadelphia and gaining traction in St Louis and Chi-town, before blazing across the globe and (eventually) coming to my home and native land of Canada, I am very proud to announce the very first NOIR AT THE BAR event in my very own hometown of Calgary, Alberta.

There are not a whole hell of a lot of outlets for crime-writers in this ‘burg, and after seeing the success people like Scott Phillips (author of The Ice Harvest) have had with their events, and hearing about recent happenings in Toronto and Ottawa, I took it upon myself to bring the “booze, broads and bullets” motif to my own town.

Noir at the Bar was started by Pete Rozovsky in Philadelphia back in June of 2008 with special guest Duane Swierczynski. Erstwhile crime fans and most excellent authors Scott Phillips (The Ice Harvest) and Jedidiah Ayres (Peckerwood) soon launched their own event in St. Louis, which subsequently took the Crime Fiction world by storm. They launched not one, but two anthologies of mad noir fiction, and brought the idea into the open, with events popping up across the US and all the way to London and Paris. With recent events in Ottawa and the big TO, I thought it high time we visited the shadows here in YYC.

***UPDATE***

Participating local authors to include:

Jayne Barnard
Loraine Dearstyne Fowlow
Axel Howerton
Shauna Lee
Jodi McIsaac
Catherine Saykaly-Stevens

Dwayne Clayden

Randy McCharles

and Craig DiLouie

If you are in or around Calgary on Tuesday, October 14 come on down to Dickens Pub (1000 – 9 Ave SW) and join in on the mischief and mayhem. This also falls right in the middle of Calgary’s annual literary festival, Wordfest. If you’re a local-type writer and want to get involved, drop me a line. You can also check out our Facebook Group for more info, or join the FB event

NBYYC Oct14 2014 UMA

 

Axel Howerton interviewed at Ognian Georgiev’s Place

There’s a great new interview with me over at Ognian Georgiev’s space, wherein I talk about Hot Sinatra, and ruminate on my own work habits, publishing, Coffin Hop and my writing career in general.

Many thanks to Ognian, who is a journalist, sports writer and author in his own right. Check out his book The White Prisoner, all about Bulgarian Olympic weightlifting champion Galabin Boevski, who was caught with 9 kg of cocaine at the Sao Paulo airport, and sentenced to a decade in Brazillian prison. It is available on Amazon in print and eBook now.

Got How? Newsletter – October 2014

Got How?

October 2014

Thanks for signing up for all the latest news from the world of author, artist and dude Axel Howerton.

October is shaping up as a busy month, per usual. Not only is the annual Coffin Hop online author/arts event picking up steam, but I am appearing at Alberta Author Day at Pandora’s Boox & Tea in Olds, AB, as well as organizing the very first Noir at the Bar event for Calgary.

Noir at the Bar was started by Pete Rozovsky in Philadelphia back in June of 2008 with special guest Duane Swierczynski. Erstwhile crime fans and most excellent authors Scott Phillips (The Ice Harvest) and Jedidiah Ayres (Peckerwood) soon launched their own event in St. Louis, which subsequently took the Crime Fiction world by storm. They launched not one, but two anthologies of mad noir fiction, and brought the idea into the open, with events popping up across the US and all the way to London and Paris. Recently I heard that similar happenings were taking place in Ottawa and Toronto and decided, “Hey. F*** those guys. Anything T.O. can do, we can do equally well or marginally better”. So I floated the idea out to a few friendly writer-types here in YYC. With the help of the inimitable Jayne Barnard, former VP Prairies for the Crime Writers of Canada, we nailed down a venue and are now off to the races.

So if you live in and around Calgary, try to swing by Dickens Pub (1000 – 9 Ave SW) on October 14, round about 7:30PM. Booze, bullets and broads! Dark and delirious fiction, door prizes and a hell of a lot of fun.

As far as new titles go, I am currently working on three short stories and two novellas, mostly crime-ish. I’m also working on the Coffin Hop Press “Weird West” Anthology scheduled for February, which may feature such brilliant sonsabitches as Scott Phillips (the other Scott Phillips – Pete, Drinker of Blood), C. Courtney Joyner (Shotgun), Escoe Allen, C.W. LaSart, Grady Cole, and a magnificent tale of Prairie Psychosis from Rick Overwater (creator of the excellent comic Futility), among others.

I am vaguely hopeful that I may have a new Manlove & Kickerdick trick out for Coffin Hop, but only time will tell.

Til’ then, stay cool and write hot.

-Axel

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