S169. Literary Noir

Grand Salon B, Marriott Waterside, Second Floor
Saturday, March 10, 2018
12:00 pm to 1:15 pm


Literary noir has a long history in this country. From Edgar Allen Poe’s detective fiction, to the hardboiled fiction of Dashiell Hammett, literary noir has been a mainstay in American literary fiction. Today, aspects of noir fiction can be seen in writers whose topics are heavily focused on the working-class. From America’s west coast, to the Appalachians, and everywhere in between, this group of writers will read fiction that has been shaped by the noir tradition.


Liana Vrajitoru Andreasen is a professor of English at South Texas College. She has published stories in Fiction International, The Raven Chronicles, Calliope, Scintilla, The Willow Review, and Mobius, a Journal for Social Change.

Ron Cooper is a novelist who has lived and taught in Florida since 1988. His novels include Purple Jesus, The Gospel of the Twin, and the forthcoming A Thousand Natural Shocks.

Eric Williamson has published three novels: East Bay Grease, Two-Up, and Welcome to Oakland. He has also published three books of criticism: Oakland, Jack London, and MeSay It Hot; and Say It Hot II. Williamson has won several domestic and international awards for his work.

Vicki Hendricks is the author of five noir novels, including Miami Purity and Cruel Poetry, the latter a finalist for an MWA Edgar Award in 2008, and a collection, Florida Gothic Stories. She has recently retired after thirty-five years teaching at Broward College to continue her writing career.

Gonzalo Baeza is the author of the short story collection La ciudad de los hoteles vacios (The city of vacant hotels). His fiction has been published in The Texas Review, Boulevard, and Estados Hispanos de América, among others.


March 7–10, 2018
Tampa, FL

Tampa Convention Center & Marriott Tampa Waterside