On Monday March 5, 2012, Edgar Award-winning author Megan Abbott, acclaimed Irish thriller writer Adrian McKinty, Perth-based king of Australian noir David Whish-Wilson and the author of the Simone Kirsch stripper/PI series Leigh Redhead, will help launch Crime Factory Publications at Grumpy’s Green, 125 Smith St, Fitzroy.
Crime Factory Publications kicks off its new book line with an Australian-exclusive, print-only edition of the anthology The First Shift ($13.99), which includes some of the most acclaimed voices, both established and upcoming, in the world of crime fiction. It was hailed as a “book you need to read” by Mystery Scene.
The First Shift includes stories by Ken Bruen (The Guards, London Boulevard), Roger Smith (Mixed Blood, Dust Devils), Dennis Tafoya (Dope Thief, The Wolves of Fairmont Park), Frank Bill (Crimes In Southern Indiana), Hilary Davidson (The Damage Done), Dave Zeltserman (Small Crimes, Pariah) and many more.
All attending authors will read selections from their work, in the loose, fun format of acclaimed Noir at the Bar events held in St Louis and Los Angeles. Fresh from Adelaide Writer’s Week, Megan
Abbott will be reading from her forthcoming novel Dare Me for the very first time publicly. Live jazz from After Dark, My Sweet will score the evening and books will be for sale.
Crime Factory Publications will follow The First Shift with an all-Australian anthology mid-year. Titled Hard Labour, the book will include the very first Garry Disher Wyatt short story, ‘Wyatt’s Art’, unpublished for over a decade. Fierce Bitches, a novella by St Louis author Jedidiah Ayres, is also forthcoming in 2012. These titles, and all subsequent releases, will be available both in print and ebook formats.
In addition to the book schedule, Crime Factory will also continue to publish its acclaimed magazine four times a year, with issue 10 scheduled for April.
Entry to the event is free. The purchase of books and booze is encouraged. Attendees should feel free to hang around for mingling, signings and drinks with some of the best, and friendliest, crime writers in the world. Come enjoy a very different take on the literary event March 5 as Crime Factory proves that genre is not a dirty word.
Doors open at 7pm, with readings beginning sometime around 8.