This Thursday, June 19 the bar at #106 Main will be hosting “Noir at the Bar.” An event that is already happening in some of America’s cultural capitals like New York, Los Angeles, and San Francisco, it will showcase seven crime authors from four states.
These authors will host a conversation, read from their works, meet and mingle with their public, and sign books.
Outside the world of chain publishing houses and the ever diminishing number of independent bookstores they stock, a vast array of self-publishing authors is assembling. Events like these give them an opportunity to connect with their audience. Like Uber and Air B&B, the need for the middleman is diminishing.
“Noir at the Bar” was originally popularized in St. Louis by Scott Phillips and Peckerwood author, Jedidiah Ayres, for indy crime authors to gather, meet, and read their work. In keeping with that tradition all of the authors gathering at #106 Main Street are crime-mystery writers.
Durham’s inaugural event will feature Steve Weddle (Country Hardball), Grant Jerkins (The Ninth Step), Eryk Pruitt (Dirtbags), Chad Rohrbacher (Karma Backlash), Peter Farris (Last Call for the Living), Charles Dodd White (Sinners of Sanction County), and Phillip Thompson (Deep Blood).
“This event is a great opportunity to bring some hardboiled fun to Durham,” said Dirtbags author Eryk Pruitt. “The internet has brought the neo-noir community a little closer, but nothing beats putting a face to the screen name. And if you can do it to the tune of a couple great drink specials, then all the better.”
They event kicks off at 6.30pm and is expected to end around 9:30pm. Books will be available for purchase on-site or bring readers can bring in their own for copies autographs. Self-publishing has and continues to remove barriers between writers and their audience.
The events sponsors encourage you to drop in for a drink and listen to a reading or two. It is a great way to decide if you want to hear more of an author’s work.
It is a niche that Durham needs filled. Despite all the wonderful readings organized by The Regulator, alongside the terrific efforts of the Carrack and Mercury Studio to create an artist’s salon, it would be fantastic if this were to develop in a regular series of events or even spinoff writer’s salons.