Kansas City. Home of clean living, church socials, and unfettered optimism.
Or maybe not. The dark side of River City gets a thorough going over as local authors read and discuss their short stories about crime, naked ambition, booze, gore, grit, and betrayal written for Kansas City Noir on Tuesday, October 2, 2012, at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.
The Kansas City Star's Steve Paul, editor of the anthology, presides over a panel of writers that includes , Matthew Eck, Catherine Browder, and Andrés Rodríguez.
Kansas City Noir, the latest in Akashic Books' series of geographically specific anthologies, peels back our town's aura of civility to capture the raw truths of the human condition. Kansas City Noir takes a compelling tour of the streets of a vibrant American city, complete with accents of jazz, barbecue, and the deeply rooted blues.
Steve Paul has been a writer and editor at The Star since 1975. Currently the arts editor, he writes about music, books, architecture, food, and, occasionally, murder. He's the author of Architecture A to Z: An Elemental, Alphabetical Guide to Kansas City's Built Environment (2011) and co-editor of and contributor to War & Ink, a collection of essays about Ernest Hemingway's early work. A former bookseller and a native of Boston, he has served as a board member and officer of the National Book Critics Circle.
Admission is free. A 6 p.m. reception precedes the event. Free parking is available in the Library District parking garage, 10th and Baltimore. RSVP online  or call 816.701.3407.