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#NoirBarYYC – Coming August 12!


Coffin Hop Press and Opal Publishing are proud to present the annual WHEN WORDS COLLIDE edition of  Calgary’s only official NOIR AT THE BAR event – #NoirBarYYC

Come on down and check out the Best of the West as crime fiction writers from around the world get to readin’, drinkin’ and raisin’ hell. Booze, bullets, broads and PRIZES! Criminal mischief and literary badassery from the best Crime Fiction Writers.


Sponsored in part by Chapters/Indigo/Coles, Vertigo Mystery Theatre, The Networking Web, Liz Howerton Photography and When Words Collide!

Friday August 12, 2016
9PM til Late

Boomtown Pub
Delta South Calgary
135 Southland Drive SE

Part of the WHEN WORDS COLLIDE convention


#NOIRBARYYC is open to the public (18+)

You can also join our NoirBarYYC group on Facebook

And keep tabs on us by searching #NoirBarYYC on Twitter or FB

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Black Hole Noir – Cover and news!

Our upcoming Sci-Fi/Noir mashup anthology is taking damn fine shape.

We can now announce the first few stories that will appear, including:

“Painted Jade” by Arthur Ellis and Dagger Award nominated Jayne Barnard

“Fire Escape” by Darusha Wehm, previously nominated for New Zealand’s SFFH award.

“The Handler” by Pat Flewwelling, author of “The Fog of Dockside City” series

“Biding Time” by Hugo and Nebula Award winner and best-selling Canadian sci-fi author Robert J. Sawyer

And here’s a little peak at the cover… pass it around! Officially launching August 12-14 at the When Words Collide conference, available everywhere August 1.

BHN one-sheet


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#WhenWordsCollide2015 #ABNegative and #NoirBarYYC THIS WEEKEND!!!

It’s that time of year again – When Words Collide – Friday to Sunday at the Delta South Calgary hotel!

COFFIN HOP PRESS books available all weekend in the merchants corner!

#NOIRBARYYC Friday night, 9-late at the Boomtown Pub – OPEN TO THE PUBLIC!

Coffin Hop Press co-hosting the Crime Writers of Canada Usual Suspects Fandango on Saturday night! Also open to the public!

If you’re at the convention, and wanting to check out the miscreant roadshow that is Axel Howerton and/or Coffin Hop Press

Here’s where we’ll be:

Friday 4 PM – Fireside
Coffin Hop Press Presents
Tall Tales of the Weird West (2015) and AB Negative (2015) authors in attendance.
Join Axel Howerton, Dwayne Clayden, Rick Overwater and more.


Friday 9 PM (till late) – Boomtown Pub
Literary mayhem with Canada’s best crime writers.



Saturday 2 PM – Fireside
AB Negative
Coffin Hop Press presents a new anthology of the very best in Alberta crime and mystery
from Alberta’s greatest crime writers. Join Axel Howerton, Jayne Barnard, Robert Bose,
Susan Calder, Dwayne E. Clayden, Randy McCharles, Brent Nichols, Al Onia, Rick
Overwater, Sharon Wildwind, and S.G. Wong

Saturday 9 PM (till late) – Acadia
The Usual Suspects Fandango
Drop in for some killer excitement with crime writers from across Canada.


UsualSuspects WWC

Sunday 4 PM – Rundle
The Publishers Panel: Short Fiction
Axel Howerton, Rhonda Parrish, Ron Friedman, Kevin Thornton, Tod McCoy
Publishers and editors discuss industry trends, their working relationship with authors, the impact of ePublishing on their business, and other questions raised from the audience

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#NoirBarYYC 2015 schedule

Coffin Hop Press is proud to host the quarterly #NOIRBARYYC event in Calgary, AB

Here  is the tentative schedule for this year, starting with the next event on JANUARY 27 at 7PM

NBYYC_Flyer JAN2015





The April event will be in conjunction with the Crime Writers of Canada in announcing the Arthur Ellis Awards shortlist, and the location may change from Dickens Pub, depending on availability.

The August event, also involving the CWC, will be a huge throwdown at the When Words Collide convention (after hours and NOT requiring a convention membership) hopefully to include many of our out-of-town pals from across North America.

October and December events will be finalized closer to the date.

Also stay tuned for news on a Coffin Hop Press project involving and promoting the #NoirBarYYC collective, to be announced at the January event before being announced here on the site and on social media.

Find out more on our #NOIRBARYYC page.