James Cain had Mildred Pierce set up in Laguna Beach, John Fante got Bandini lost in the desert in what would probably become the 5 freeway, and Raymond Chandler wrote one of his most famous passages ever about the Santa Ana winds. (And dont forget neo-noir Brick, set along the surface streets of San Clemente.) Now noted publisher Akashic adds to the local lore with a new entry in its series of regional short-story collections: Orange County Noir, featuring work by authors like Barbara Writers On Writing DeMarco-Barrett and Orange Coast editor Martin J. Smith. Its the OC as youve never seen it, said the LA Times, and youll never think of it the same way. Contributor, novelist and teacher Gordon McAlpine will read at this event.
Thu., April 22, 7 p.m., 2010