TIME: 7 PM – 9 PM, Tues. Nov. 13, 2012
WHERE: Opal Divine Freehouse, 700 West Sixth Street, Austin, TX
WHAT: Tough but pretty crime writers read from their work; murder ballads performed live, booze flows like a .44 magnum to the carotid artery, aficionados buy books & get ’em signed, everybody is cool & has a cool time.
Johnny Heartbreak Blues, by Jesse Sublett(Click to play)

"Jesse Sublett" welcomes "Sarah Cortez", author of "How to Undress a Cop" and " Walking Home: Growing Up Hispanic in Houston". "pulp fiction" "Crime fiction"

Sarah Cortez was absolutely one of the highlights of the 2012 Texas Book Festival.

"Jesse Sublett" welcomes "Reed Farrel Coleman" to Noir at the Bar. "crime fiction" "pulp fiction"

Reed Farrel Coleman, author of GUN CHURCH

"jesse sublett" "todd v. wolfson" "sam's barbecue" "reed farrel coleman" noir "sarah cortez"

Come to Noir at the Bar & let us entertain you.


Sarah Cortez is a cop, a poet, a crime writer, creative writing teacher and a whole bunch of other things besides being a real cool person. The next edition of Noir at the Bar/Austin is positively psyched to welcome her town on Tuesday Nov. 13.

She’ll be reading from How to Undress a Cop and her new memoir, Walking Home Latino, and probably some other works. Sarah will be joined by Reed Farrel Coleman, a hard-charging noir author, reading from his new novel, Gun Church, and maybe Hurt Machine and who knows what else. Coleman has a stellar rep in the hardboiled crowd and this is a great pairing, because he, too, has been called “a poet of the hardboiled” and in fact, is a published poet. He’s got a list of awards and nominations as long as a purse-snatcher’s right arm. Check them out below, and view some highlights of his output at I’ll be present, reading/performing from my soon to be published on iPad Grave Digger Blues, and a special song, just for Sarah, I’ll be singing my bilingual version of the Federico Garcia Lorca poem, Unfaithful Wife (La Casada Infiel), which is pretty damn cool. For more info on Sarah Cortez, visit her at and view this Houston Chronicle story.

Noir at the Bar is hosted as usual by MysteryPeople, the crime fiction store within a store at BookPeople, presented to you by the inimitable Scott Montgomery, so please check out his blog here.

I’m sort of a poet myself, having written a few hundred songs + actual poems, but one important thing all three of us have in common is that we’ve all been contributors to Akashic Books‘ (and what a fine publisher they are) noir series. Coleman has been collected in the Long Island Noir anthology and Sarah and I can be found in the Lone Star Noir anthology.

As promised, here’s that bullet list of Reed Farrel Coleman accolades. (Sheesh, I almost hate the guy–I never win anything!)

Hurt Machine
nominated for the Barry Award for best novel

Tower (with Ken Bruen)
winner of Macavity – best novel
Anthony – best original paperback
Spinetingler Magazine Best Novel – Legends
Book of the Year – Foreward Reviews
Crimespree Magazine – Best Novel of 2009

Empty Ever After
winner of Shamus – best hardcover

Soul Patch
winner of Shamus – best hardcover
also nominated for:
Edgar – best novel
Barry – best novel
Macavity – best novel

The James Deans
winner of Shamus – best paperback original
winner of Barry – best paperback
winner of Anthony – best paperback original
also nominated for:
Edgar – best paperback original
Gumshoe – best mystery
Macavity – best novel

Please come join us, have a drink, listen to stories, buy some books. If you don’t end up having a helluva time, I’ll pick up your bar tab.


PS: All my early crime novels (Rock Critic Murders, Tough Baby, Boiled in Concrete) are now available for Kindle / iPhone / whatever on the Amazon Kindle page. My hardboiled memoir of music, murder and near death, Never the Same Again, is there also. Grave Digger Blues will be released in the iTunes / iBookstore in about 2 weeks, and to Kindle a bit later. Read free samples of Grave Digger Blues here: STARS IN HER HAIR and here: THE LAST DETECTIVE AT THE END OF THE WORLD.

"Jesse Sublett" noir author, thanks to "Mona Pitts" + "Ricardo Acevedo" + "Denis Johnson"

She had the sweetest lips. I could kiss her all night. I think maybe she sucked my brains out of my skull. [Photo: Mona Pitts]


Follow Mona Pitts, photographer / model extraordinaire, femme fatale of the world of Grave Digger Blues.
Follow the awesome Todd V. Wolfson, who shoots stars in Austin.

Follow Ricardo Acevedo, photographer/artist/poet, dangerously talented, floats like a butterfly stings like a bee.

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