Mr. Randisi, I co-edited Akashic's Detroit Noir and recieved no such
instructions. We explictly sought out a number of mystery/crime authors. Among
them, Loren Estleman, Craig Holden, P.J. Parrish, Megan Abbott and Elmore
Leonard. Mr. Leonard offered us an excerpt from any of his novels, but we
needed a new story, which left us in the painful position of leaving him out of
Detroit Noir, but all the others produced stories that appeared in the book.
Estleman's was nominated for the Shamus Award.
I know the Akashic collections are not for all tastes, but I hope you won't
dismiss them out of hand.
From: "firstname.lastname@example.org" <email@example.com>
Sent: Fri, November 5, 2010 2:29:22 AM
Subject: Re: RARA-AVIS: NoirCon coverage on Philly radio...
The problem with the Akashic collections, and the reason I don't like them, is
that the publisher specifically tells the editors they don't want mystery
writers. They asked someone here in St. Louis to do one, and for that reason he
rejected the offer.
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, sonny <sforstater@...> wrote:
> wow, i certainly hope so too. a noir collection edited by someone who doesn't
>care for noir much? and picking 'young' writers is fine, but even the use of
>'literary' is concerning.
> --- On Thu, 11/4/10, Todd Mason <foxbrick@...> wrote:
> > From: Todd Mason <foxbrick@...>
> > Subject: RARA-AVIS: NoirCon coverage on Philly radio...
> > To: email@example.com
> > Date: Thursday, November 4, 2010, 12:03 PM
> > ...what I've heard so far is a brief
> > take from NPR affiliate WHYY on Carlin Romano's Akashic
> > entry PHILADELPHIA NOIR, which I hope misquotes him as
> > saying he doesn't care for noir much, so he made a point of
> > mixing in "young literary" writers.
> > I'll hope that was a misquotation, but Romano is prone to
> > less than brilliant pronouncements.
> > Todd Mason
> > ------------------------------------
> > RARA-AVIS home page: http://www.miskatonic.org/rara-avis/
> > Yahoo! Groups Links
> > firstname.lastname@example.org
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