Axel Howerton is a former entertainment journalist, and the author of the Arthur Ellis Award nominated detective caper "Hot Sinatra", the modern gothic fairytale "Furr", and the forthcoming "Wolf & Devil" urban fantasy series. His work, including short stories, columns, poetry and essays, have appeared the world over, in no fewer than five languages. Axel is the Prairies director of the Crime Writers of Canada, and a member of the Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy Association, the Calgary Crime Writers, and the Kintsugi Poets. He is also the editor of the books "Death by Drive-In", "AB Negative", and "Tall Tales of the Weird West", and is the organizer behind one of Canada's first recurring "Noir At The Bar" events, #NoirBarYYC.
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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!
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 www.whenwordscollide.org/ 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.
#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 – https://www.facebook.com/events/413772695893491/
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 www.therese.ca 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 www.coffinhop.com
*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
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
Crossover story wins Western Writers of America award for Fort McMurray author Therese Greenwood
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.
ABOUT COFFIN HOP PRESS
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 www.coffinhop.com for more information.
Delta Calgary South
135 Southland Drive SE
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 Facebookgroup for more info.