Reading: KANSAS CITY NOIR, featuring Steve Paul, with contributors Grace Suh, Philip Stephe


  • Categories: Literary
  • Event posted: Sept. 11, 2012
  • Last updated: Sept. 16, 2014

Event details

Kansas City: Where East and West collide, where naked ambition meets broken dreams, where blues and the night go together like rye whiskey, vermouth, and bitters. Yes, Kansas City is a surprising place of grit, gore, and betrayal, at least in the imaginations of our diverse lineup of contributors. Kansas City Noir, another in Akashic Books’ series of geographically specific anthologies, peels back the aura of civility and captures the raw truths of the human condition as lived in this heartland, third-coast city.

Among the collection’s contributors are Daniel Woodrell, author of the modern classic Winter’s Bone and the recent, much lauded story collection, The Outlaw Album; Matthew Eck, author of the noted war novel The Farther Shore; veteran short-fiction writer Catherine Browder; Edgar Award–winning mystery novelists Nancy Pickard and John Lutz; and J. Malcolm Garcia, whose reporting from the war in Afghanistan informs a disturbing tale of restless angst and dislocation. Kansas City Noir takes a compelling tour of the streets of a vibrant American city, complete with accents of jazz, barbecue, and the deeply rooted blues.

Steve Paul has been a writer and editor at the Kansas City Star since 1975. Currently the arts editor, he writes about music, books, architecture, food, and, occasionally, murder. He’s the author of Architecture A to Z: An Elemental, Alphabetical Guide to Kansas City’s Built Environment (2011) and coeditor of and contributor to War & Ink, a collection of essays about Ernest Hemingway’s early work, forthcoming from Kent State University Press. A former bookseller and a native of Boston, he has served as a board member and officer of the National Book Critics Circle.


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