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Noir Nation No. 5 – Jihad and its Metaphors

Noir Nation is the only mystery magazine in the world that joins international crime fiction and tattoos. Its content is often dark, hard-boiled, sometimes creepy, but because it embraces crime fiction in all its forms, readers can also enjoy the occasional humorous story and cozy mystery.

Issue No. 5 explores the current conflict in Syria and Iraq from perspectives available only to fiction. It also includes interviews with former New York police commissioner Bernard Kerik and exiled Iranian novelist Naïri Nahapétian, classic desert noir from Sax Rohmer, and an early detective story from Arabian Nights.

New fiction and nonfiction by George Beck, Bianca Bellová, Lauren Cahn, Doug Levy, Lindsay Moran, Andrew Scorah, Deborah Pintonelli, A.J. Sidransky, Sax Rohmer, Frank Sonderborg, Jonathan Sturak, Diane Vacca, Eddie Vega, and Barbie Wilde.

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Noir Nation No. 5 coming soon!

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Soon… very soon… residents of Noir Nation shall see the full cover of Noir Nation No. 5. We are waiting on one or two more stories to come in, and editing the rest. Simultaneously, we are working on the book trailer. The script for that is done and the music selected, with a dark and driving Flamenco beat.

Copies of No. 5 will be included in the gifting bags to be distributed at the forthcoming Noircon in Philadelphia. So if you are going this year, be sure to pick up your complimentary copy.

Mark your calendars! Noircon is here!

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The most important event of the crime fiction calendar is fast approaching!!

WHAT: NOIR CON 2014 – a biennial tribute to all things noir from literature to film to art and poetry, will take place from October 30 thru November 2, 2014.

WHERE: Society Hill Playhouse, 507 South 8TH Street, Philadelphia, PA. 19147

WHEN: October 29 – November 2, 2014

The program includes panels on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, parties, movie showings, an awards banquet on the banks of the Delaware, Thursday evening at MOCA, the Philadelphia Mausoleum of Contemporary Art, and a Sunday visit to Philadelphia’s Port Richmond Books. Farley Books of New Hope will be on site at the Playhouse throughout the weekend , the official book seller for NOIRCON.

Among the featured guests are: Fuminori Nakamura of Tokyo, Japan, who will receive the David Goodis Award for excellence in writing. Nakamura has won many prizes for his novels including Japan’s most prestigious literary award, the Akutagawa Prize . Three of his books have been translated into English, The Thief and Evil and the Mask, both published by Soho Press. Last Winter, We Parted will be published in time for NoirCon 2014. Tom Nolan, of the Wall Street Journal will do a one on one interview with this outstanding young writer on Saturday.

Bronwen Hruska, Soho Press, is being recognized as an outstanding publisher in the crime fiction with the Jay and Deen Kogan award, last given to Otto Penzler of Mysterious Books. She has led the way in translation publishing and opened many doors for women in the field.

Eddie Muller, called the Czar of Noir, will accept the Anne Friedberg Award for contribution to Noir Education and Preservation, as well as introduce a special showing of the film, The Prowler, (written by Dalton Trumbo and first released in 1951) at 1PM Thursday, October 30 at The International House A novelist from San Francisco, many of his books relate to and examine Film Noir.

Howard A. Rodman will present the Anne Friedberg Award to Eddie Muller as well as presentation on French author Jean-Patrick Manchette.

Scheduled panels include: The Black Dahlia, Jewish Noir, Existential Noir, The Politics of Noir, A Ross MacDonald Examination, Veering Off the Highway: How Springsteen’s Music Shapes Crime Fiction and Three Minutes of Terror, when every attending writer gets three minutes to share his work or ideas. Among the program participants are: Joseph Samuel Starnes, William Lashner, Joan Schenkar, Stuart Neville, Jean Cash, Jonathan Woods, Robert Polito, Vicki Hendricks, Steve Hodel, Carole Mallory, Sigrid Sarda, Buffy Hastings, Jeff Wong, Duane Swierczynski, Tom Nolan, Alan Gordon, Megan Abbott and keynote speaker, Eric Miles Williamson.

Dr. Louis Boxer and Deen Kogan, director of Society Hill Playhouse, co-chair NOIRCON 2014. For further information call 215-923-0210 or check the website: www.noircon.com

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