How exciting! Akashic Books has been doing a “noir” series of different cities for years, most known for Dennis Lehane’s Boston Noir, and the publisher tapped successful Rhode Island author Ann Hood to be editor of a Providence edition.
Moonie and I got to see a bunch of Providence Noir contributors read from the compilation tonight at Books on the Square, and it was a supurb event. Ann Hood, Thomas Cobb, Hester Kaplan, Robert Leuci, Taylor Polites, and Pablo Rodriguez all did a fabulous job providing the tone of each of their stories and referencing local sites and businesses, and I can’t wait to read their stories in full.
They were also all kind enough to sign my copy of the book.
Silly me; I accidentally asked them to make out their inscriptions to me instead of to Moonie. But he’s cool with it. I told him not to stay up too late reading it, though. He’ll get scared and no one wants a frightened, trembling Moonie.