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NoirCON 2008


Writers are poor; poets are destitute. So explained one panelist why people write and publish noir. It is for the fun, not the money. NoirCON was a blockbuster. Writers, publishers and fans gathered at the Society Hill Playhouse in Philadelphia for a four-day celebration of noir writing. For podcasts of NoirCON click to Richard Edwards and Shannon Clute's www.noircast.net. For this non-author, NoirCON was an out-of-body experience. Hats off to Philadelphia's Doctor Noir (a.k.a. Louis Boxer, M.D.), Deen Kogan and staff..

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Program of the Day for NoirCon 2008

Thursday, April 3, 2008

6:30 Reception at Society Hill Playhouse

507 South 8th Street, Philadelphia, PA (215)923-0210; www.societyhillplayhouse.org

7:00 Noir and Its Heretics – David Schmid

TF ICE HARVEST – Irv Slifkin

Friday, April 4, 2008 (@Society Hill Playhouse)

8:30 Coffee and Donuts

9:00 -10:00 George Lippard – Dan Wolkow, Ed Pettit, Robert Polito

10:10 - 11:10 Philadelphia Noir – Allen Hornblum, William Lashner, Jon McGoran, Richard Sand, Duane Swierczynski

11:20 – 12:20 E/P Tackle Noir - Charles Ardai [Hard Case Crime], Stacia Decker, Michael Langnas [Murdaland], Matt Louis [Out of the Gutter], Johnny Temple [Akashic Books], David Thompson [Busted Flush Press]

12:30 – 1:30 LUNCH (ON YOUR OWN)

1:40 – 2:00 D.B. Hughes Tribute – Sarah Weinman

2:10 – 3:10 Dennis McMillan – Jim Nisbet and Dennis McMillan

3:20 - 4:20 Wise Guy Noir - George Anastasia and Anthony Bruno

4:30 – 5:30 Ken Bruen – Jason Starr and Ken Bruen

7:30 Award Banquet (Saigon Maxim Restaurant, 612-632 Washington Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19147; (215)271-5838)

Dinner

Bob Truluck (Master of Ceremony) with Reed Farrel Coleman

Award Presentation

Dennis McMillan and Flamenco Guitar

Saturday, April 5, 2008 (@Society Hill Playhouse)

8:30 Coffee and donuts

8:45 – 9:05 Jim Thompson Tribute – Robert Polito

9:15 – 11:20 The Professional Man – Mike White and Howard Rodman

11:30 – 12:30 Femme Fatale - Megan Abbott, Vicki Hendricks, Jonathan Santlofer and Jen Siler

12:40 – 1:30 LUNCH – (At Society Hill Playhouse)

1:40 – 2:00 G. Simenon Tribute – William Boyle

2:10 – 3:10 Cyber Noir - Shannon Clute, Richard Edwards, Seth Harwood

3:20 – 4:20 Crime Scene Noir – Gil Reavill

4:00 Kent Harrington signs THE GOOD PHYSICIAN

4:30 – 5:30 VIDOCQ – Frank Bender and William Fleisher

5:35 – 5:55 Donald Goines Tribute – Gary Phillips

7:00 AWASSA AUCTION (Triumph Brewing Company - 117 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106; (215)625-0855; www.triumphbrewing.com

Charles Benoit (Auctioneer) and David Schein

9:00 Philadelphia Film Festival (Ritz East 2, 125 S 2nd St, Philadelphia, PA 19106
(215) 925-2501; www.ritztheatres.com) – BLAST OF SILENCE (Allen Baron)/ THE GRAND INQUISITOR – Eddie Muller/ Intro. Mike White

TICKETS REQUIRED. LIMITED NUMBER AVALIABLE.

Sunday, April 6, 2008 (@Society Hill Playhouse)

9:45 – 10:05 Charles Willeford Tribute – Jay Gertzman

10:15 – 10:35 Carroll John Daly Tribute – Brooks Hefner

10:45 – 11:45 The Limp Dick Panel – Wallace Stroby and Dan Wolkow

11:50 – 1:00 LUNCH at Society Hill Playhouse

1:10 – 2:10 LAST CALL - Ken Bruen, Reed F. Coleman, Bob Truluck

2:30 Visit Port Richmond Books (3037 Richmond Street, Philadelphia, PA;(215)425-3385) with Greg Gillespie

5:00 Philadelphia Film Festival (Ritz Five, 214 Walnut Street, (Between 2nd and 3rd Streets)
Philadelphia, PA 19106, (215) 925-7900; www.ritztheatres.com) – DEADLINE USA

TICKETS REQUIRED. LIMITED NUMBER AVALIABLE.