Launch of Belfast Noir
Friday, November 7, 2014, 6:00 p.m.
at Glucksman Ireland House NYU
Join award-winning writers Stuart Neville, Lee Child, and other surprise guests for the launch of their new anthology, Belfast Noir, published by Brooklyn-based Akashic Books.
Reflecting a city still divided, Belfast Noir serves as a record of a city transitioning to normalcy, or perhaps as a warning that underneath the fragile peace darker forces still lurk. This new crime fiction anthology features brand-new stories by Glenn Patterson, Eoin McNamee, Garbhan Downey, Lee Child, Alex Barclay, Brian McGilloway, Ian McDonald, Arlene Hunt, Ruth Dudley-Edwards, Claire McGowan, Steve Cavanagh, Lucy Caldwell, Sam Millar, and Gerard Brennan.
Belfast is the perfect subject for Akashic Books’ series of original noir anthologies, each one set in a distinct location. Belfast Noir editors Adrian McKinty and Stuart Neville write:
You can see Belfast’s bloodstains up close and personal. This is the city that gave the world its worst ever maritime disaster, and turned it into a tourist attraction; similarly, we are perversely proud of our thousands of murders, our wounds constantly on display. You want noir? How about a painting the size of a house, a portrait of a man known to have murdered at least a dozen human beings in cold blood? Or a similar house-sized gable painting of a zombie marching across a postapocalyptic wasteland with an AK-47 over the legend UVF: Prepared for Peace—Ready for War. As Lee Child has said, Belfast is still ‘the most noir place on earth.’
Co-sponsored by Akashic Books and Brooklyn Brewery.
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