Thursday, January 14, 2010


One of the coolest events to come along in awhile is called "Noir at The Bar". It was founded in 2009 by (Hardboiled Wonderland's) Jed Ayers, and Scott Phillips, the author of several novels, including "THE ICE HARVEST". The idea I believe originated out East and was brought to St. Louis by Scott. The concept is a night of crime noir book readings in a bar. The first two have been held at The Delmar Lounge on Delmar in the Heart of U City. I missed the 1st N@B1, which featured Anthony Neil Smith, whose books include "Yellow Medicine" & "Hogdoggin". I was really bummed at having to miss the inaugural event but I had made several trips to St. Louis that same week. N@B2 though was a different story though, as Judy & I both got to go & we loved it. The Bar on Delmar was the perfect setting to listen to these Hard Core crime writers reading their latest works. Jed Ayers kicked off the night with one of his new short stories & then was followed by Chicago native, Theresa Schwegel. Theresa read from her newest book "Last Known Address" & is the author of 4 wonderful books including "Person of Interest" "Probable Cause" and her white hot debut novel "Officer Down". Then it was Scott Phillips turn to get down & dirty with his latest short story. About 30-35 people were in attendance, including one of my favorite authors, Robert Randisi, who's penned over 500 books. Mr. Randisi, has written crime novels, westerns, you name it and has a wonderful mystery series set in St. Louis (In the Shadow of the Arch, Blood on the Arch, East of the Arch, Arch Angels.) There was something that just felt right about it all. I talked to Jed recently and he says N@B3 is in the works, so as soon as I get a date I'll post on here & CONSIDER YOURSELF INVITED.