7 PM Thursday, August 16, at Opal Divine 1700 West 6th Street, Noir at the Bar featuring Michael Koryta, George Weir and Jesse Sublett, aka My Terrible Self.

Crime fiction, booze, homicide blondes, bluesy jazzy music, it’s a no-brainer. Noir at the Bar originated in Philadelphia a few years back and made its way across the country from St, Louis to LA. MysteryPeople hosted the first ever Noir At The Bar in Austin, with Tony O’Neill and my terrible self at the Continental Club Gallery, and if you were there, your mind is still warped from the experience. Last one was in June, and we had Peter Farris and it was swell, too. Had a decent crowd, some good looking people, too.

Michael Koryta… hmm, that name sounds familiar….

Michael Koryta is the author of seven previous novels, including Envy the Night, which won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for best mystery/thriller, and the Lincoln Perry series, which has earned nominations for the Edgar, Shamus, and Quill awards and won the Great Lakes Book Award. He’ll be reading from his new book, The Prophet.

Even with her boobs taped down and the phony pencil thin mustache, Hank recognized her right away. He had a gift for faces.

George Weir is a Native Texan living with his wife, Sallie, in Austin who writes Texas-based crime and mystery novels. His first published work was “Duckweed”, a contribution to Lone Star Noir, Akashic Books, 2010. He is the author of the Bill Travis mystery series. His forthcoming Long Fall From Heaven, with Milton T. Burton, will be in print in March 2013.

I’ll be playing some murder ballads and reading from “Grave Digger Blues.”

NY Times says Megan Abbott’s “Dare Me” is “spectacular… subversive stuff”… You go, girl.

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