For a place with an overall IQ of about 32 -- to judge by all the shotgun-toting boobs sporting Sheriff Joe bumper stickers -- Phoenix has an ace literary scene. Many of those same redneck yahoos who try to run you off the road every morning run amok in the pages of the new Phoenix Noir, the latest in New York-based Akashic Books noir-anthology series. The book features dark, twisted turns by nationally noted scribes including Diana Gabaldon, Luis Alberto Urrea, and Lee Child. Contributors scheduled to attend the party include editor Patrick Millikin and writers Robert Anglen, Kurt Reichenbaugh, Stella Pope Duarte, and Laura Tohe.
Tue., Nov. 17, 7 p.m., 2009