RARA-AVIS: Bloody Words

From: William Denton ( buff@pobox.com)
Date: 11 Jun 2001

I thought I'd make a bried report on the Bloody Words mystery convention held here in Toronto this weekend. At least five rare birds were there: Kevin Burton Smith, Kerry Schooley, Marianne Macdonald, a lurker, and me. Mr. Schooley, Ms. Macdondald and I moderated panel discussions, so we're slowly gaining in our battle against recipes and arsenic-laden antimacassars. (Mine didn't go perfectly but they did fine jobs. Jose Latour, who wrote OUTCAST, was on mine, and said some really interesting things about noir writing in Central and South America, none of which I can remember now.)

The list seems to be pretty well known, and a few people mentioned they read the list through the archives on the web site. They all gave high marks for the quality of discussion and expertise, so congratulations to everyone.

Loren D. Estleman was a guest of honour. I got to talk to him a couple of times, and Mr. Smith and I had a drink with him and his wife and some others on Friday night. He knows tons about film noir and old hardboiled stuff, and quoted the line from THE MALTESE FALCON that gives the name to the list off the top of his head. Anyone reading this list would have a great time talking to him, I'm sure. I'm looking forward to reading the rest of the Amos Walker series, and more of his westerns and other books.


William Denton : Toronto, Canada : http://www.miskatonic.org/ : Caveat lector.

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