Oakland Noir Celebration
DIESEL, A Bookstore in Oakland is pleased to welcome contributors of Oakland Noir to the store to celebrate this new release on Wednesday, April 12th at 7:00 pm. The participants for this evening include editors Jerry Thompson and Eddie Muller and authors Dorothy Lazard, Nick Petrulakis, and Keri Miki-Lani Schroeder.
In the wake of San Francisco Noir, Los Angeles Noir, and Orange County Noir—all popular volumes in the Akashic Noir Series—comes the latest California installment, Oakland Noir. Masterfully curated by Jerry Thompson and Eddie Muller (the “Czar of Noir”), this volume will shock, titillate, provoke, and entertain. The diverse cast of talented contributors will not disappoint.
Jerry Thompson is an accomplished violinist, playwright, and poet. He is the co-author of Black Artists in Oakland, and owned Black Spring Books, an independent bookstore. He is the co-editor of Oakland Noir.
Eddie Muller, a.k.a. the “Czar of Noir,” has been nominated for several Edgar and Anthony awards, and his novel The Distance won a Shamus Award. He produces the San Francisco Noir City Film Festival, the largest annual film noir retrospective in the world, and is a frequent host on Turner Classic Movies. He is the co-editor of Oakland Noir.
Dorothy Lazard grew up in West Oakland and was an early fan of the library. She has been a librarian since 1983, and has worked at the Oakland Public Library since 2000.
Nick Petrulakis is a bookseller and self-taught mixologist - what could be a more natural pairing? Inspired by books, characters, settings, and authors, he uses all of these elements for inspiration when creating a new drink. Check out his blog, Drinks with Nick to see his latest cocktails.
Keri Miki-Lani Schroeder is a visual artist and writer based in Oakland. A fan of all things odd, experimental, or transgressive, Schroeder creates artist books and dark short fiction. After earning an MFA in book art and creative writing from Mills College in 2015, Schroeder now works for Flying Fish Press, an independent publisher of limited-edition artists’ books, and teaches book art workshops and classes.
Photo Credit: Micheal Wagner