Re: RARA-AVIS: Noir Panel at LCC

From: Tim Wohlforth (
Date: 07 Feb 2007

I would like to make an apology on this list for any perceived slight to Ken Bruen. That was not my intention. I misspoke. The point I was trying to make and will make here is that I feel the connection between Ken Bruen, a fine writer from an older generation, and this new group of younger writers is important to note. The word "Mentor" would have been more appropriate. However, there is another interesting side to this relationship. Ken has been able to recognize the freshness and potential of these new writers where few others in the mystery writing establishment have done so. Others who come to mind that have played this mentoring role are Lee Child (particularly in helping Cornelia Read) and Gary Phillips (in relation to "street lit").


P.S. If I really work on this misspeaking perhaps I can run for President.

On Feb 7, 2007, at 9:52 AM, Donna wrote:

> Hi All,
> Brian said:
> >
> > Megan Abbott, Con Lehane, Edward Wright, and Cornelia Read. If these
> > folks are a cross-section of the faces of hard-boiled/noir writing
> > today, the genre and its legacy are in good hands.
> Oh, how very well said. I discovered Con Lehane's books a few years
> ago
> and have loved them ever since. I recently read Megan Abbott's first,
> DIE A LITTLE, and it blew me away. I bought the second one at LCC
> and if
> it's anywhere near as good as the first, she will become one of my top
> 10 authors. I really loved DIE A LITTLE and haven't stopped raving
> about
> it since. Cornelia Read and Edward Wright impressed me on the panel
> so I
> went and bought their books. For me, the four authors made that panel.
> And I agree there were some excellent, straightforward questions from
> the audience which the 4 answered entertainingly and with aplomb.
> > Not least of these was a reference that I can only assume was
> > intended to be a joking one by Mr. Wohlforth to Ken Bruen, a writer
> > referenced frequently (and positively) on this list. ... I wasn't
> the
> > only one in the audience who took it that way.
> >
> I also felt the same. I presume it was meant to be a joke, but it
> didn't
> come across that way, and I felt it was insulting to Ken - who not
> only
> happens to be a wonderful writer who deserves all the accoldes he gets
> and more, but who is also a charming, funny, and generous man who is a
> good friend. I'm sure he would not have been upset if he were
> there, but
> I was upset on his behalf. If it WAS a joke, then it wasn't a very
> funny
> one.
> > Unfortunately, that is not the role of the moderator, at least
> not as
> > I understand it. In fact, he's supposed to be there to keep that
> sort
> > of thing from getting out of hand.
> The panels which work best are those where the moderator can fade into
> the background and have the focus be on the panelists. It's nice at
> conventions if everyone who is a moderator also gets a chance to
> actually be on a panel. That's when they should talk about
> themselves. I
> love a good moderator who can bring out all the panelists, who has
> read
> some of the work of each of them, can make the questions relevant and
> give those panelists a chance to shine.
> Donna

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