Left Wing Noir

Wednesday, December 5, 2012 - 7:30pm - 9:30pm
The Brecht Forum — 451 West Street, New York, NY 10014

Co-sponsor: PM Press
Left Wing Noir
Tom Adcock, S.J. Rozan & Steve Wishnia. Moderated by Kenneth Wishnia
A group of progressive crime writers discuss the ups and downs of working in a popular genre with a long history of social commentary (going back to Hammett in the 1920s), the importance of incorporating such viewpoints in their work, and the challenges of being a creative artist in a profit-driven commercial medium that doesn't want to hear alternative views that run counter to the dominant Center-Right "mainstream" narrative.

Thomas Adcock, a recipient of the Edgar Allan Poe Award for mystery fiction, is the internationally-published author of six novels featuring Neil Hockaday, a first-generation Irish-American police detective in New York City, and his African-American actress wife, Ruby Flagg. The New York Times has hailed the series as “lively and literate,” the Washington Post said Adcock’s tales are “powerfully imaginative—tender and violent and moral and poetic at once.” The Toronto Globe & Mail called Adcock "a marvelous spinner of yarns, a man with a social conscience who lets it inform his work without ever drenching the story in cant."

S J Rozan is the pen name for Shira Judith Rosan, an award winning mystery writer. Her books are set in New York and most feature the private investigators 'Lydia Chin' and 'Bill Smith.' She is the author of twelve novels. Her work has won the Edgar, Shamus, Anthony, Nero, and Macavity awards for Best Novel and the Edgar for Best Short Story. She’s also the recipient of the Japanese Maltese Falcon Award. Bronx Noir, a short story anthology SJ edited, was chosen NAIBA “Notable Book of the Year.”

Steven Wishnia is a New York journalist, novelist, and bass player. He is the author of When the Drumming Stops, a novel; Exit 25 Utopia, a short-story collection; and The Cannabis Companion, a history and user's guide. His story "Semiconscious" recently appeared in Akashic’s Long Island Noir anthology. He has played in scores of bands with diverse genres, including the False Prophets, an eclectic, leftist punk group that released two albums in the '80s. He has won two New York City Independent Press Association awards for his coverage of housing issues in The Indypendent.