Noir at the Bar

September 17th, 2015 22:37 by Albert Tucher

I think I have mentioned these events before. Crime writers gather at a bar and read from their works. In between, we drink. In fact, we drink during readings as well.

On Sunday evening of Labor Day weekend I attended such an event at the Shade Bar on W. 3rd Street in Manhattan. Organizer Todd Robinson had an idea for a twist. This time, writers read from each other's writings. That gave all participants the option of going for maximum embarrassment. Rob Hart took particular advantage of the option, leaving Jen Conley needing a drink after her stint.

I sat at the bar next to a totally charming couple from Glasgow, who wandered in and ended up staying for the entire program. We had great fun discussing, among other topics, the great Scottish crime TV show Taggart, which I have missed since it wrapped up.

Noir at the Bars (or is it Noirs at the Bar?) have been popping up all over the country. I can think of worse plans for my retirement than following them from coast to coast and Mexico to Canada.