Tuesday, November 29, 2011

New Jersey Noir Authors Will Appear at Bernardsville Library

Meet authors S.J. Rozan and Hirsh Sawhney, contributors to the new anthology New Jersey Noir, at Bernardsville Public Library on Saturday, December 10 at 2:00 pm. The authors will read from their work and discuss the book, which is edited by Joyce Carol Oates. It continues the series of groundbreaking noir anthologies launched by Akashic Books in 2004 with Brooklyn Noir which became a best-seller.

The newly released New Jersey Noir is comprised of all-new stories and poems, each one set in a distinct neighborhood or location in the state. The book has an introduction as well as a new story by Joyce Carol Oates. Other contributing authors, besides Ms. Rozan and Mr. Sawhney, are Jonathan Safran Foer, Robert Pinsky, Paul Muldoon, C.K. Williams, Gerald Stern, among many others.

The wide range of stories and styles is described in a review in Shelf Awareness as "A lovingly collected assortment of tales and poems that range from the disturbing to the darkly humorous." Said Publishers Weekly, "Oates's introduction to Akashic's noir volume dedicated to the Garden State, with its evocative definition of the genre, is alone worth the price of the book."

Booklist describes the book as “worth the wait” and writes "... More than most of the entries in the series, this volume is about mood and atmosphere more than it is about plot and character . . . [and] also serves as a very good introduction to what is a popular but often misunderstood term and style of writing."

Books will be available for purchase and signing at the reading. There is no charge to attend, but advance sign-up is requested. Register online at http://www.bernardsvillelibrary.org/ and follow the link under Adult Programs, or call the library at 908-766-0118 to sign up.

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