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Black Coffee, Blacker Prose

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Noir at the Bar returns after a brief hiatus, and it comes out swinging. The hard-edged reading series abandons the friendly environs of the Delmar Lounge for Meshuggah Coffee House (6269 Delmar Boulevard, University City; 314-862-6100 or www.subbooks.com), and before you can even complain we'll note that Meshuggah sells beer and wine. And you're gonna want a drink or two, because Scott and Jed have lined up four authors who will rock you to your very core. John Horner Jacobs (author of Southern Gods), St. Louis-based writer Fred Venturini (The Samaritan), Frank Bill (Crimes in Southern Indiana) and Aaron Michael Morales (author of Drowning Tucson) read from their respective bodies of work, most of which happen to feature quite a few battered and dead bodies. Admission is free, and all authors will have copies of their books for sale through next-door neighbor, Subterranean Books. Obviously you don't have to buy a book, but once you get a taste you'll most likely want to see how all these tales end, so bring money.
Sat., June 11, 2011

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