Even if they don’t always have my name on the cover. 😉
We are very EXCITED to announce that Axel Howerton will be part of our Beware The Ides Of March Multi-Author Mystery Celebration!!
Axel Howerton is the author of the darkly funny detective novel Hot Sinatra, and a finalist for the 2014 Arthur Ellis Award for Best First Novel. His forthcoming novel Furr is described as “Twin Peaks meets Supernatural” in the Rocky Mountains. His short fiction and essays have appeared in innumerable anthologies and publications. Axel is also the editor of the anthologies Death By Drive-In, Tall Tales of the Weird West, the Alberta crime collection AB Negative, and the upcoming Sci-Fi Noir spectacular Black Hole Noir. He is currently in the running for this year’s Arthur Ellis, Derringer and Aurora awards.
He is the organizer of the quarterly Calgary crime soiree #NoirBarYYC, a member of the the Kintsugi Poets Collective, and the CSFFA, as well as serving on the board of the Crime Writers of Canada. When he’s not on-duty as a hometown anti-hero, Axel spends most of his time roaming the untamed prairies of Alberta with his two brilliant young sons and a wife that is way out of his league.
Visit him at: www.axelhow.com
Following 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 BARevent 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.
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