RARA-AVIS: Themes of the Months

From: William Denton ( buff@pobox.com)
Date: 15 Sep 2001

Last updated: 15 July 2001

Currently on summer hiatus! We will return in September with a tour of four American cities.

Mark Blumenthal will be your guest thememaster for:

Sep 2001: Los Angeles (John Shannon, Raymond Chandler, Michael Connelly,
          Robert Crais, James Ellroy, Walter Mosley, Stuart M. Kaminsky,
          Roger L. Simon, William Campbell Gault, Richard S. Prather,
          Ross Macdonald) Oct 2001: San Francisco (Dashiell Hammett, Joe Gores, Stephen Greenleaf,
          Bill Pronzini's Nameless) Nov 2001: Boston (Dennis Lehane, Robert L. Parker, George V. Higgins,
          Jeremiah Healy, Jerome Doolittle)

Mark Sullivan will be guest thememaster for the post-Bouchercon month:

Dec 2001: Washington, D.C. (George Pelecanos, James Grady, Robert Dietrich
          [E. Howard Hunt], Ross Thomas)

People who actually live in the cities are encouraged to speak up.

Jan 2002: Manuel Ramos tentatively scheduled for a month of Latino
          noir and hardboiled writing

Having a theme for a month, where people can read any book by a particular author or in a certain series or on a certain topic, is easier all around than the old book-of- the-month readings we'd do. It brings up a lot more discussion on the list and it doesn't tie everyone to a certain book that may be hard for them to find. I encourage everyone to read something related to the theme of the month and mention it on the list. All the regular RARA-AVIS talk goes on as well, of course.

Suggestions for future themes include: the continuing question of hardboiled women writers, Barry Gifford, Patricia Highsmith, W.R. Burnett, Nick Tosches, politics, Los Vegas, gangster-related books, and moral ambiquity.

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William Denton List-Owner

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