Delighted to announce that I will be reading at Noir at the Bar Toronto on Thursday April 27. Along with five fellow crime writers: Andrew Daley, Madeleine Harris-Callway, D.J. McIntosh, Howard Shrier and Katherine Walker.
The bar in question? The Duke of Kent Pub, 2315 Yonge Street. Show time is 7 p.m.
So what is noir all about? Well, in noir—or dark—fiction and film, the main characters want better things for themselves, but they keep making the wrong choices. Just like in real life, come to think of it.
I've only recently considered myself a noir writer. In my Pat Tierney mysteries, light generally triumphs over darkness, and good wins out…for most of the characters.
But then I came up with a story titled “In from the Cold,” which was included in Crime Writers of Canada’s 2022 Cold Canadian Crime collection. Its protagonist, Helen, doesn’t set out to be bad, but her lust for a better life drives her to make a few terrible choices.
And I now realize that I enjoy lurking on the Dark Side.
Rob Brunet began hosting Toronto N@B events about 10 years ago, and he now co-hosts with writer Hope Thompson. The April event will be their first of 2023.
See you in three weeks at the Duke of Kent!