Tomorrow night, Tuesday, February 28th, I’ll be reading at a venue that is somewhat a departure for me. It will be at a little ongoing literary rumpus called Noir At the Bar—here’s a blog post to give you a taste—in University City, on Delmar, at a little place called Meshuggah’s. I’ll be there with three other readers—Kevin Lynn Helmick, Caleb J. Ross, and Gordon Highland—and what makes this unusual for me is that Noir at the Bar is, as the name suggests, for NOIR.
Now, yeah, I write mysteries. After all, my three Asimov robot novels were “robot mysteries.” Remains is as much a mystery novel as a near-futre SF novel. Realtime was a police procedural of sorts. But I haven’t published any straight mysteries. And having attended a few of these events before, I can state unequivocally that my work is very different from theirs.
Or maybe not. We’ll see. But I am the first science fiction writer invited to attend, so it will be interesting to say the least.
I thought I’d write something new for it, but since I’ve been eyebrow deep in finishing the current novel I haven’t had time, so I’m taking a few possibles along to see what will be the best fit.
If any of you in the St. Louis area want to come by and lend some support, I can promise you something different. It’s a good crowd and the stories are…unique.
So: Meshuggah Cafe, 6269 Delmar, St. Louis, MO, 63130 tomorrow night, 7:00 PM.