Providence Noir

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.

Ann Hood describing how she became editor of the project and wrote her first-ever noir story

Ann Hood describing how she became editor of the project and wrote her first-ever noir story


Ann Hood reading from “Under the Shepard Clock”

Tom Cobb defining some golf terms we're about to encounter

Tom Cobb defining some golf terms we’re about to encounter

Tom Cobb reading from “$1,000 Nassau”

Hester Kaplan introducing her story, “Femur”

Bob Leuci reading from “The Vengeance Taker”

Taylor Polites reading from “Armory Park”

Pablo Rodriguez reading from “WaterFire’s Smell Tonight”

They were also all kind enough to sign my copy of the book.

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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.

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