5 Rather Excellent Noir Crime Books

I got to spend a week in Exeter this summer, as the International Writer-in-Residence at the Quay Words literary festival. Part of the deal was to give a talk on Icelandic crime writing and at the end of that talk (which I may post here later) I told the audience about the books that most … Continue reading 5 Rather Excellent Noir Crime Books

A Year of Great Books (with a small baby-pause)

As you should know, dear reader, I am a contributor to Bookriot. Every month, we write a mega-post where each contributor writes about the best book they read that month. Here are nine of the books I've picked in the last 12 months as my favorite that month. These books have the official Johann Thorsson … Continue reading A Year of Great Books (with a small baby-pause)

The Best Writing of the Week | Daniel Woodrell

The Bayou Trilogy

There are ways to describe a setting, and the mood and atmosphere of that setting. Mortal writers, like myself, might describe a poor neighborhood in a small town with words like "derelict", "broken windows", "dimly lit" and so forth, probably describing only the way things looked. But we have to go deeper than that, and … Continue reading The Best Writing of the Week | Daniel Woodrell