Durham to host ‘Noir at the Bar’

Jun. 13, 2014 @ 10:04 AM

Seven crime authors will be reading and signing books at the bar 106 Main (located at 106 E. Main St.) in Durham during the city’s first “Noir at the Bar” event. This reading, signing and mingle event begins Thursday at 6:30 p.m. and continues until 9:30.  
"Noir at the Bar" is a nationwide movement popularized in St. Louis by authors Scott Phillips, Jedidiah Ayres and others for crime authors to gather, meet, and read their work. Bars in New Orleans, San Francisco, New York and other cities have presented events.
Durham's inaugural event will feature Steve Weddle (“Country Hardball”), Grant Jerkins (“The Ninth Step”), Eryk Pruitt (“Dirtbags”), Chad Rohrbacher (“Karma Backlash”), Peter Farris (“Last Call for the Living”), Charles Dodd White (“Sinners of Sanction County”) and Phillip Thompson (“Deep Blood”).
Visitors may purchase books at the bar, or may bring their own copies for autographs.
Pruitt, who is organizing the evening, hopes this reading will be the first of many “Noir at the Bar” events for Durham.
Admission is free. For information, visit www.facebook.com/events/ and search on “Noir at the Bar.”

Here are some more readings, signings and events:
-- Jeanette Stokes will read from her new memoir “Flying Over Home” at 7 p.m. Monday at the Durham County Main Library, 300. N. Roxboro St.
“Flying Over Home” recounts Stokes’ parents’ divorce when she was a young child, and her father’s subsequent disappearance from her life. In an effort to understand her father’s thoughts and actions, Stokes retraces his steps from Tulsa to New Orleans to Paris to Moscow to North Carolina, and looks through documents, letters and photographs.
Stokes is the founder and executive director of the Resource Center for Women and Ministry in the South, an organization that supports women and combines feminism and faith. Admission is free.

-- The Table Rock Writers Workshop is now accepting applications for its September session. Writers of fiction, memoir, poetry and music have until Aug. 15 to register for the annual workshop held Sept. 8 to 12 at the Wildacres Retreat in western North Carolina.
The SoLaTiDo Southern singer and songwriters’ workshop, which runs concurrently in adjacent facilities at Wildacres, is also open for registration.
Registration information is available at tablerockwriters.com and at solatido-workshop.net.

-- Lynne Branard, also known as Lynne Hinton, will give a reading at The Regulator Bookshop at 7 p.m. Monday. Her new novel, “The Art of Arranging Flowers,” is written under her married name. Branard is a former resident of Durham and the author – as Lynne Hinton – of novels including “Pie Town” and “Friendship Cake.” Her latest was published this month by Berkley Books (trade paperback, $15).

-- Sean Michaels, author of “Us Conductors” (Tin House Books, $15.95), will read from his novel at Letters Bookshop, 313 W. Main St., at 2 p.m. June 29. “Us Conductors” is a fictionalized account the life of of Lev Termen, the inventor of the theremin.
Michaels will be accompanied by a theremin performance by local musician Dave Yarwood.

Send notices of readings and other events to cbellamy@heraldsun.com.