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#NoirBarYYC Live Tonight!

#NoirBarYYC goes live tonight at 9PM MST



Philip Vernon (When You Find Me)

S.A. Cosby (Blacktop Wasteland)

and Calgary’s own Julie Hiner (Final Track)

Tune in for readings, chats about Crime Writing, Noir, Mystery and more, and a NOIR flash fiction contest that will be announced at the beginning of the show and judged at the end of the night to win the coveted Golden Skull (special virtual apocalypse) award. LIVE!

Watch live on Noir Bar YYC Facebook group

Or on the GoIndieNow Think Tank and Suggestion Box

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#NoirBarYYC Online for the Apocalypse!

Yes, things have slowed to a crawl out here in the real world, and No, there will be no physical #WhenWordsCollideYYC conference this year, but they will be throwing a virtual con this weekend, which you can check out FOR FREE at By the same token, there will not be a physical #NoirBarYYC this Friday night, but we are putting something together with our pals AJ and Catherine to host a Zoom party with a few special guests, maybe a flash fiction contest to win a reading spot on the show, and a few other tricks and treats. We are also looking at avenues to simulcast on FB or YouTube, so stay tuned right here, or on the NoirBarYYC Facebook Page to keep up to date.

Stay safe, be cool, and get hip!

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Noir at the Bar Calgary, 2019

#NoirBarYYC2019 is coming up in a few weeks as part of the When Words Collide: A Calgary Readercon – Come check out a bevy of fine crime writers in a literary slobberknocker to decide the winner of the annual Golden Skull trophy for “Most Entertaining Story/Reader”. Previous years have seen tales of Hot Tub Threesomes, Giant Man-Bug sexcapades, Bootleggers, Bumbling Gangsters, and Lesbian Noir in Space. The most fun you can have outside a jail cell. August 9th at 9PM – Atrium Cafe and Skylight Lounge at the Calgary Delta South and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC – which is anybody – with or without a pulse – with $5 for a beverage and a discerning taste for pulp fiction! Check the FB Event for more info –

Noir at the Bar Calgary, 2019
Friday, August 9th, 2019 9PM Til Late Atrium Cafe and Skylight Lounge 135 Southland Drive SE Calgary
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Therese Greenwood nominated for the Arthur Ellis Award!

CHP alumni and author of KILL AS YOU GO, Therese Greenwood has been nominated for her third Arthur Ellis Award for Best Short Story from the Crime Writers of Canada for “The Power Man” from the Coffin Hop Press anthology BABY, IT’S COLD OUTSIDE.

Greenwood recently won the Golden Spur Award for Best Short Fiction from the Western Writers of America for her story ***“Buck’s Last Ride”, which appears in her debut collection KILL AS YOU GO, alongside her two previous Arthur Ellis nominated stories, *”Fair Lady” and *“A Christmas Bauble”, as well as her Bony Pete Award winning story **”A Jury of Her Peers”.

Greenwood also recently published a memoir of her experience during the Fort McMurray wildfires of 2016, What You Take with You: Wildfire, Family, and The Road Home from the University of Alberta Press. Visit her online at and @WolfeIslander on Facebook and Twitter.

Find out more about BABY IT’S COLD OUTSIDE, Therese Greenwood’s KILL AS YOU GO and other great fiction at

*Best Short Story, 2000 – “Fair Lady” – Crime Writers of Canada
*Best Short Story, 2003 – “A Christmas Bauble” – Crime Writers of Canada
** Best Short Fiction, 2000 –  “A Jury of Her Peers” – Bloody Words Festival
***Best Short Fiction, 2019 – “Buck’s Last Ride” – Western Writers of America

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Therese Greenwood on the Radio!

Following the announcement of her Golden Spur Award win for the short story “Buck’s Last Ride from her debut crime fiction collection Kill As You Go, Coffin Hop author Therese Greenwood has been lighting up the airwaves, most recently on CBC’s Ontario Morning and on local Alberta station Mix 1037… Check it out! #KillAsYouGo #GoldenSpurAward #ThereseGreenwood #CoffinHop #CoffinHopPress

Therese Greenwood on Mix 1037 radio
Therese Greenwood on CBC Ontario Morning
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Therese Greenwood wins Golden Spur award for #KillAsYouGo story

Crossover story wins Western Writers of America award for Fort McMurray author Therese Greenwood

Western Writers of America Award

FORT McMURRAY, Alta. / March 3, 2019 — Author Therese Greenwood has won a 2019 Spur Award from the Western Writers of America for her crossover mystery story about a B-movie cowboy at the Calgary Stampede.

Greenwood received Best Western Short Fiction recognition for “Buck’s Last Ride,” one of 14 stories in her 2018 collection Kill As You Go, released by Calgary-based Coffin Hop Press.

“On one level, it’s a story about a cowboy who hates his horse,” said Greenwood. “It also explores one of my favourite themes, ordinary people who make split-second decisions with no do-overs. In my stories, people are confronted with the unexpected and rise to the occasion — or not.”

Called “a master storyteller” and “a pure Canadian voice” for her short crime fiction, Greenwood’s collection was her first publication following the loss of her home in the 2016 Fort McMurray wildfire. Later this month, the University of Alberta Press is releasing her newest book, the memoir What You Take With You: Wildfire, Family and the Road Home. An eye witness account of the wildfire and evacuation, the book is also about the physical and emotional artifacts we carry with us in times of crisis.

Greenwood’s short fiction has appeared across Canada and in the U.S. in such publications as the Crime Writers of Canada’s Over The Edgeanthology and Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine. She has twice been short-listed for the Arthur Ellis Award, Canada’s top mystery writing prize, and has co-edited two short crime fiction anthologies.

Since 1953, the Western Writers of America has annually honoured writers for distinguished writing about the American West. Spur Award winners in previous years included mystery authors James Lee Burke, Craig Johnson, Joe R. Landsale, and Anne Hillerman.


Calgary-based independent publisher Coffin Hop Press is committed to publishing the best Canadian genre fiction in print and e-book formats. With a commitment to good writing, a savvy grasp of online media, and a feisty approach to championing writers, Coffin Hop is taking the western Canadian literary landscape by storm with an innovative long-range slate of upcoming publications. Visit for more information.

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#CoffinHop Press at #WhenWordsCollide





A festival for readers, writers, artists and publishers of commercial and literary fiction, including genre, YA, Childrens books, and Poetry. August 10-12, 2018

If you’re going to be at this year’s WHEN WORDS COLLIDE festival, here’s whereto can find us!

We will be in the Merchant’s Room (Open to the Public) at Table #8, right at the front entrance:

Friday 12 PM – 8 PM; Saturday 9 AM – 5:30 PM; Sunday 9 AM – 5:30 PM

Our Editors and Authors will be appearing on an almost endless array of panels and presentations, including:

Women’s Fiction – Panel with THE DAME WAS TROUBLE editors and authors, including Cat McDonald, Halli Lilburn, Sarah L. Johnson and Therese Greenwood
Friday – 1PM – Fireside

The Best Advice I Ever Received – Panel with CHP’s Axel Howerton and others

Friday – 3PM – Fireside

Creative History – Panel including CHP authors Jayne Barnard, E.C. Bell, and S.G. Wong
Friday – 4PM – Parkland-Bonavista-Willow Park

Coffin Hop Press Pitch Session (Check the WWC website for availability)

Friday – 5PM – Jasper

Coffin Hop Blue Pencil (Check the WWC website for availability)
Friday – 6PM – Jasper

Prompt Poetry – With CHP author Shawn Bird
Friday 8 PM – Canmore

Noir At The Bar (Open to the Public – find out more HERE)

Friday – 9PM – Boomtown Pub

The Killers, the Fright, and Why We Write Them – Panel with Axel Howerton
Saturday – 12PM – Willow Park

Young Adult Mystery – Panel with CHP authors Shawn Bird and Therese Greenwood Saturday 1 PM – Canmore

Historical Research – Panel with CHP Author Therese Greenwood

Saturday – 2PM – Fireside

Autograph Session – CHP Authors and editors appearing
Saturday 8PM – Parkland-Bonavista-Willow Park

The Publishers Panel – Publishers, including CHP, discuss industry trends
Sunday 12 PM – Bonavista

Coffin Hop Press Presents – CHP Authors and editors present their latest releases including THE DAME WAS TROUBLE and Therese Greenwood’s KILL AS YOU GO

Sunday 3 PM – Fireside

And much more! for more info!



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#NOIRBARYYC – August 10th!!



Boomtown Pub
Delta Calgary South
135 Southland Drive SE
Calgary, AB

Polish your cement shoes, straighten your Columbian necktie, and brush the skeletons out of your closet for the annual Noir at the Bar extravaganza, Friday August 10, 2018 at the Boomtown Pub in the Calgary Delta South Hotel – 135 Southland Drive SE

9PM til Late as part of the When Words Collide Writers and Readers conference weekend. Open to the Public.
Bring your friends, your appetite, your extra liver, and your love of dark, ribald, and wildly inappropriate language, as crime writers from across the globe read their best and baddest in hopes of claiming the coveted Golden Skull! Check out the #NoirBarYYC Facebook group for more info.