City Lights celebrated the release of San Francisco Noir 2: The Classics (published by Akashic Books) with a Valentine’s Day reading inside Tenderloin’s wonderfully seedy Ha Ra Club bar.
Some like to spend this romantic holiday amidst candles and soft music. Not us. It was an evening of passionate heckling and literary transgression as Peter Maravelis, the editor of San Francisco Noir, hosted a release party for a second volume of hardboiled fiction celebrating the underbelly of our city-by-the-bay.
Authors from San Francisco Noir, Volumes One and Two read selections from their works and the works of noir masters of the past. The evening included readings by Craig Clevenger, author of The Contortionist’s Handbook and Dermaphoria; David Corbett, author Blood of Paradise and Done for a Dime; Don Herron, original Suicide Club member & creator of The Dashiell Hammett Tour; John Shirley, cyber-punk trailblazer, author of Black Glass; Sin Sorrocco, original Black Lizard author, author of Low Bite and Edge City; and Domenic Stansberry,
author of The Last Days of Il Duce and The Ancient Rain
We couldn’t include them all (owing to limited space and an uncooperative and very loud refrigeration system), but we present for you here two readers from that evening: