The Sonesta SOLD OUT - Alternative Hotels for NoirCon 2016

Thank you to everyone who has registered for NoirCon 2016! If you haven't registered yet, there is still time! However, please note that The Sonesta Hotel is currently sold out, and there are no more rooms available.

Alternative hotels in the immediate area include the following:

Westin Philadelphia – 215-563-1600
Warwick Hotel – 215-735-6000
Hotel Palomar – 215-563-5006
The Logan Philadelphia – 215-963-1500
Sofitel Philadelphia – 215-569-8300
Club Quarters - 215-282-5000
Embassy Suites - Philadelphia Center City - 215-561-1776

NoirCon 2016 Schedule

Here is the schedule of events for NoirCon 2016.

Like what you see? Register here and join us this October 26-30 in Philadelphia!

Wednesday, October 26, 2016 * Peter Rozovsky (MC)
     a.    Pen & Pencil Club, 1522 Latimer Street, Philadelphia, PA 19102
     b.    Noir at the Bar
     c.    6:30 PM to 11:00 PM
     d.    Participants:
          i.      Erik Arneson
          ii.     Don Donovan
          iii.    Kent Harrington
          iv.    Woody Haut
          v.     Vicki Hendricks
          vi.    Lanny Larcinese
          vii.   Jon McGoran
          viii.  Warren Moore
          ix.    Andrew Nette
          x.     Leigh Redhead
          xi.    S.A. Solomon
          xii.   Joe Samuel Starnes
          xiii.  Charlie Stella
          xiv.  Richard Vine
          xv.   Lono Waiwaiole
          xvi.  Jonathan Woods

Thursday, October 27, 2016 * Edward G. Pettit (MC)
     a.    Hotel Brotherhood USA, 1529 Bainbridge St, Philadelphia, PA 19146
     b.    9:30 AM to 10:30 AM
          i.    Panel 1
          ii.    Title: TRUE CRIME
          iii.    Participants:
               1.    Michael Chitwood
               2.    David Swinson
     c.    10:45 AM to 11:45 AM
          i.    Panel 2
          ii.    Title: Meredith Anthony’s Murder on the Main Line (play)
     d.    12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
               i.    Lunch
     e.    1:15 PM to 2:15 PM
          i.    Panel 3
          ii.    Title: Forgotten Innovators of Suspense
          iii.    Participants:
               1.     Roger Hobbs (m)
               2.    Larry Light
               3.    Warren Moore
               4.    Leigh Redhead
               5.    Radha Vatsal
               6.    Lono Waiwaiole
     f.    2:30 PM to 3:30 PM
          i.    Panel 4
          ii.    Title: 70s Noir Movies
          iii.    Participants:
               1.    Wallace Stroby (m)
               2.    Scott Adlerberg
               3.    Jennifer Dean
               4.    Cullen Gallagher
               5.    Dennis Tafoya
     g.    3:45 PM to 4:45 PM
          i.    Panel 5
          ii.    Title: Anne Friedberg Award Winner: Barry Gifford
          iii.    Participants:
               1.    Wesley Stace (m)
               2.    Barry Gifford

     h.    7:00 PM
          i.    Temple University, Paley Library, 1210 Polett Walk, Philadelphia, PA 19122
          ii.    Film Screening 1: The Frontier
          iii.    Participants:
               1.    Jared Case (m) 
               2.    Oren Shai
          iv.   Film Screening 2 (9:20 PM): The Curse of the Spongeman and Swingers Anonymous
          v.      Participants:
               1.    Jonathan Woods

Friday, October 28, 2016 * Edward G. Pettit (MC)
     a.    Hotel Brotherhood USA, 1529 Bainbridge St, Philadelphia, PA 19146
     b.    9:30 AM to 10:30 AM
          i.    Panel 6
          ii.    Title: Noir Down Under
          iii.    Participant:
               1.    Andrew Nette
     c.    10:45 AM to 11:45 AM
          i.    Panel 7
          ii.    Title: The Rough, Rural South of Larry Brown
          iii.    Participants:
               1.    Joe Samuel Starnes (m)
               2.    Jean Cash
               3.    Vicki Hendricks
               4.    Mark Sarfranko
     d.    12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
          i.    Lunch
     e.    1:15 PM to 2:20 PM
          i.    Panel 8
          ii.    Title: Jay and Deen Kogan Award Winner: Charles Ardai
          iii.    Participants:
               1.    Jason Starr (m)
               2.    Charles Ardai
     f.    2:30 PM to 3:30 PM
          i.    Panel 9
          ii.    Title: Jewish Noir
          iii.    Participants:
               1.    Ken Wishnia (m)
               2.    Charles Ardai
               3.    Melanie Dante
               4.    Heywood Gould
     g.    3:45 PM to 4:45 PM
          i.    Panel 10
          ii.    Title: David Goodis Award Winner: Aurélien Masson
          iii.    Participants
               1.    Sarah Weinman (m)
               2.    Aurélien Masson
     h.    5:00 PM to 5:30 PM
          i.    Panel 11
          ii.    Title: It’s All One Case: The Illustrated Ross Macdonald Archives
          iii.    Participants
               1.    Jeff Wong
     i.    7:00 PM
          i.    Award Dinner
          ii.    Penn Landing Caterers, 1301 South Christopher Columbus Blvd. Philadelphia, PA
          iii.    Awards
               1.    David Goodis Award
                    a.    Aurélien Masson
               2.    Jay and Deen Kogan Award
                    a.    Charles Ardai
                    b.    Ann W. and Stona Fitch
               3.    Anne Friedberg Award
                     a.    Barry Gifford
               4.    Citations presented by Councilman David Oh
                    a.    David L. Goodis
                    b.    Jay and Deen Kogan
                    c.    Anne Friedberg
                    d.    NoirCon

Saturday, October 29, 2016 * Edward G. Pettit (MC)
     a.    Hotel Brotherhood USA, 1529 Bainbridge St, Philadelphia, PA 19146
     b.    9:30 AM to 10:30 AM
          i.    Panel 12
          ii.    Title: Forgotten Innovators of Suspense
          iii.    Participant:
               1.    Roger Hobbs (m)
     c.    10:45 AM to 11:45 AM
          i.    Panel 13
          ii.    Title: Keynote Address: Black Night Falling: David Goodis On Central Avenue
          iii.    Participant:
               1.    Woody Haut
     d.    12:00 PM to 1:30 PM
          i.    Hammett Award Luncheon: Michael Bowen (MC)
          ii.    The nominees:
               1.    Harlen Coben, The Stranger (Dutton): Readings by Jonathan Woods
               2.    (*) Michael J. McCann, Sorrow Lake: A March and Walker Crime Novel (Placid Raccoon Press): Reading by Del Staecker
               3.    (*) Richard Price, writing as Harry Brandt, The Whites: A Novel (Henry Holt): Reading by J. Madison Davis
               4.    (*) Lisa Sandlin, The Do-Right (Cino Puntos Press): Reading by Deen Kogan
               5.    (*) Stu Strumwasser, The Organ Broker: A Novel (Arcade Publishing): Reading by Kenneth Wishnia
               (*) denotes in attendance
iii.    Winner announced by Jim Davis and Michael Bowen
     e.    1:45 PM to 2:50 PM
          i.    Panel 14
          ii.    Title: Reel to Real, Ashes to Ashes: Art and the Noir Life.
          iii.    Participants:
               1.    Rich Edwards (m)
               2.    Ann Chernow
               3.    Heide Hatry
     f.    3:00 PM to 4:00 PM
          i.    Panel 15
          ii.    Title: Triple or Double Trouble
          iii.    Participants:
               1.    Robert Polito
               2.    Howard Rodman
               3.    Joan Schenkar
     g.    4:15 PM to 5:15 PM
          i.    Panel 16
          ii.    Title: Jay and Deen Kogan Award Winners: Ann W. and Stona Fitch
          iii.    Participants
               1.    Ron Koltnow (m)
               2.    Ann W. Fitch
               3.    Stona Fitch
               4.    Buffy Hastings
               5.    Woody Haut

Sunday, October 30, 2016 * Edward G. Pettit (MC)
     a.    Port Richmond Books, 3037 Richmond Street, Philadelphia, 19134
     b.    10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
          i.    Panel 17
          ii.    Title: Art, Crime, and SoHo Sins
          iii.    Participant: Richard Vine
     c.    Veteran Boxer Association, 2733 East Clearfield Street, Philadlephia, PA 19134
     d.    12:00 PM
          i.    Panel 18
          ii.    Title: Last Call
          iii.    Participants: Last Ones Standing …


On Thursday, October 27, 2016 at 7:00 pm, NoirCon and Temple University present a special screening of Oren Shai's noir film, The Frontier at Temple's Paley Library Lecture Hall (1210 Polett Walk, Ground Floor). Director and co-writer Shai will be in attendance for a post-film conversation moderated by Jared Case of the George Eastman Museum. 

Following The Frontier, there will be a presentation of The Curse of the Spongeman and Swingers Anonymous with a post-film conversation with Jonathan Woods.

Be sure to register for NoirCon to attend the screening!

NoirCon 2016 Panels Will Be Presented at the Historic Hotel Brotherhood USA

Courtesy  Hotel Brotherhood USA . 

NoirCon is proud to present its 2016 panel discussions at Philadelphia’s prestigious and historical Hotel Brotherhood USA, located at 1523-29 Bainbridge St., between South 15th and South 16th Streets in the Graduate Hospital neighborhood. Contrary to its name, the building is not actually a hotel. Currently, it is home to the Bainbridge Club, a private lounge and event space.

The original Hotel Brotherhood USA was founded in 1883 to provide benefits and support to black workers in Philadelphia, particularly those in the hotel business who were victims of racism, unfair wage policies, and other discriminatory policies.

“The Hotel Brotherhood is a new society of hotel waiters and is conducted by young men on the lines of the regular trades unions, with which it is more or less affiliated in many cities,” described the great W.E.B. Du Bois. “It has some relief features and considerable social life. It strives to open and keep open work for colored waiters and often arranges to divide territory with whites, or to prevent one set form supplanting the other.”

The impetus for the organization was when a black waiter died and his colleagues were unable to raise enough money for burial, according to Rose DeWolf in Philadelphia’s Daily News. “The Hotel Brotherhood's mission was to accumulate money in case of a member's sickness, injury or death. It also ran classes for those who aspired to become waiters and bellmen.” Additionally, it functioned as a social and entertainment hall for its members and local community members.

The Hotel Brotherhood USA also aided in social justice cases, such as when they “spent $500 in rewards and detective fees and brought to trial for prosecution” two white men who had murdered John T. Weldon for his car, as reported in the January 1920 issue of The Crisis, an NAACP publication.

One of the Hotel Brotherhood USA’s founders was Stanislaus Kostka Govern, called “black baseball’s Renaissance man” by Rory Costello of The Society for American Baseball Research. A multi-talented, driven, and groundbreaking individual, Govern was manager of the Washington Manhattans and later the Cuban Giants, a director of the National League of Colored Base Ball Players, and Shakespearean actor, as well as a labor activist.

While the original building burned down in 1937, it was reconstructed shortly thereafter and continues to stand to this day.

It is a privilege and a thrill for NoirCon to be connected to such an important, progressive, and humanitarian organization such as the Hotel Brotherhood USA.

See you all at the Hotel Brotherhood USA!

The Hammett Prize comes to NoirCon

The North American Branch of the International Association of Crime Writers is pleased to announce nominees for their annual Hammett Prize for a work of literary excellence in the field of crime writing by a US or Canadian author. The nominees are as follows:

The Stranger, by Harlan Coben (Dutton)
Sorrow Lake: A March and Walker Crime Novel, by Michael J. McCann (Plaid Raccoon Press)
The Whites: A Novel, by Richard Price, writing as Harry Brandt (Henry Holt)
The Do-Right, by Lisa Sandlin (Cinco Puntos Press)
The Organ Broker: A Novel, by Stu Strumwasser (Arcade Publishing)

A reading committee of IACW/NA members selected the nominees, based on recommendations from other members and the publishing community. The committee was headed by Michael Bowen and included Lorenzo Carcaterrra, Jill Kelly, Sharol Louise, and Ann Romeo.

The winner will be chosen by three distinguished outside judges: Peter Eckersall, author of Performativity and Event in 1960s Japan: City, Body, Memory and Professor in Theatre at CUNY Graduate Center; Gina Pollock, owner of BR Books in Lancaster, PA; and author Luanne Rice, whose most recent novel is The Secret Language of Sisters

The organization will name the Hammett Prize winner during the NoirCon literary conference in Philadelphia, October 26-30. The winner will receive a bronze trophy, designed by sculptor Peter Boiger. 

The Hammett Award Luncheon will be on October 29th, 2016.

NoirCon 2016 Registration Info

NoirCon 2016
Wednesday 10/26 – Sunday, 10/30


Register online here!

Or register by mail here!

Schedule at-a-glance:

Wednesday 10/26
Special Noir at the Bar Kick-Off!
6:30 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. at the Pen & Pencil Club, 1522 Latimer Street, 19102

Thursday 10/27, Friday 10/28, and Saturday 10/29
Panel discussions 9:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. at Hotel Brotherhood USA, 1523-29 Bainbridge Street, Philadelphia, PA. 
Registration begins at 9:00 a.m. Panels begin promptly at 9:30 a.m. Don’t be late!

Friday 10/28
Awards Banquet at Penn Landing Caterers, 1301 S Christopher Columbus Blvd, Philadelphia, PA. 
Party begins at 7:00 p.m. Arrive early for music and other surprises!

Sunday 10/30
Hair of the Dog! Final panels and closing party at Port Richmond Books, 3037 Richmond Street, Philadelphia, PA.
Panels begin at 10:00 a.m. 


Registration fees for conference only
(see next section for special lodging rates):

$300 All-access to events, panels and parties.

Single day passes for Thursday, Friday (Awards Banquet separate), and Saturday are $150 each.

Single day pass for Sunday is $50.

Additional tickets for Friday 10/28 Awards Banquet: $90 per person.

Register online, or print and fill out the registration form and send check to:
NoirCon c/o Deen Kogan, 242 Delancey Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106
Please make checks payable to "Society Hill Playhouse."

NoirCon Lodging:

Please note that The Sonesta Hotel is currently SOLD OUT, and there are no more rooms available.

Alternative hotels in the immediate area include the following:

Westin Philadelphia – 215-563-1600
Warwick Hotel – 215-735-6000
Hotel Palomar – 215-563-5006
The Logan Philadelphia – 215-963-1500
Sofitel Philadelphia – 215-569-8300
Club Quarters - 215-282-5000
Embassy Suites - Philadelphia Center City - 215-561-1776


Award Winners and Keynote Speaker

The David L. Goodis Award: Aurélien Masson (editorial director, Série Noire, Éditions Gallimard).

The Jay and Deen Kogan Award for Excellence: Charles Ardai (author and publisher, Hard Case Crime) and Ann and Stona Fitch (publishers, Concord Free Press).

The Anne Friedberg Award for Contributions to Noir and Its Preservation: Barry Gifford (author, screenwriter, and publisher, Black Lizard).

Keynote Speaker: Woody Haut (author, Pulp Culture: Hardboiled Fiction and the Cold War; Neon Noir: Contemporary American Crime Fiction; Heartbreak and Vine: The Fate of Hardboiled Writers in Hollywood; and the novel, Cry For a Nickel, Die For a Dime).


Questions? Contact us at

Hope to see you in Philly this October!

Ninth Annual Retreat to Goodisville/Carpool to Hell! 99th Birthday Celebration for David Goodis’s Birthday

Ninth Annual Retreat to Goodisville/Carpool to Hell!

March 5th, 2016

99th Birthday Celebration for David Goodis’s Birthday

There is no cost to be in the Carpool to Hell.

BYOC (Bring Your Own Car)

Planning on attending? Looking for a rideshare? RSVP here on Facebook

9:30 AM – Meet at in Port Richmond Books, 3037 Richmond Street, Philadelphia, PA 19134 – Street parking available. [GPS coordinates (DMS): 39° 58' 51.8376'' N, 75° 6' 15.904'' W ]

Stop 1: Roosevelt Memorial Park, 2701 Old Lincoln Highway, Trevose, PA. Section B-3. Lot 234. Grave 3. [GPS coordinates (DMS): 40° 7' 44.4684'' N, 74° 58' 24.5352'' W] This is the final resting place of David Goodis, his brother, Herbert and his parents Mollie and William. We will have a short, graveside discussion. Please feel free to read your favorite Goodis passage as we celebrate the 99th birthday of David Goodis, who was born on March 2nd, 1917.

Stop 2: Goodis’s Adult Home on East Oak Lane, 6300 block of North 11th Street, Philadelphia, PA. [GPS coordinates (DMS): 40° 2' 56.3028'' N, 75° 8' 15.1944'' W] Located in the East Oak Lane section of Philadelphia, this was where Goodis wrote many of his novels. After late nights spent is Southwark and the Tenderloin, Goodis would return home to write some of the best noir works in the pantheon of American literature. The house is a private residence. Street parking is available.

Stop 3: Goodis’s Childhood Home in Logan, 4758 North 10th Street (10th and Wyoming). [GPS coordinates (DMS): 40° 1' 30.2016'' N, 75° 8' 27.3732'' W]

Stop 4: The Docks. Park behind Home Depot on Delaware Avenue as close the river as possible. [GPS coordinates (DMS): 39° 55' 42.2472'' N, 75° 8' 23.4348'' W] – Delaware River Heritage Trail, Pier #60

Stop 5: Return to Port Richmond Books, 3037 Richmond Street, Philadelphia, PA. [GPS coordinates (DMS): 39° 58' 51.8376'' N, 75° 6' 15.904'' W] 

Stop 6: We will reconvene at the Julie’s Corner Bar, 3668 Richmond Street and East Clearfield Street, Philadelphia, [GPS coordinates (DMS): 39° 58' 54.084'' N, 75° 6' 13.985’’] for food, birthday cake and a peek at what may have been the true inspiration for Harriet’s Hut in Down There.

Stop 7: Be sure to make your way over to the Veteran Boxers Association, 2723 East Clearfield Street, Philadelphia, PA [GPS Coordinates (DMS): 39° 58’ 56.935” N, 75° 6’ 15.404” W].

Lost Silent Crime Film Discovered

Long-lost silent Polish crime film, Ludzie bez sutra, has been found in a German film archive. The title translates as People With no Tomorrow, which has a tantalizingly noir ring to it. The story concerns a stage actress, a military officer, and an affair that leads to murder. Polish film fans have a chance to view it this month, but the rest of the world will have to wait. Hopefully a DVD or Blu Ray release will follow soon.




WHEN: October 26 through October 30, 2016

WHERE: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  Conference Hotel TBA



The David L. Goodis Award:  Aurélien Masson (editorial director, Série Noire, Éditions Gallimard)

The Jay and Deen Kogan Award for Excellence: Charles Ardai (author and publisher, Hard Case Crime) and Stona Fitch (author and publisher, Concord Free Press)

The Anne Friedberg Award for Contributions to Noir and Its Preservation: Barry Gifford (author, screenwriter, and publisher, Black Lizard)


Key Note Speaker: Woody Haut (author and journalist)

Master of Ceremonies: Charles Benoit (author and musician)


COST: (does not include hotel costs, which are TBA)

Full Four Day Registration Wednesday 10/26 – Sunday 10/30: $300 ($250 prior to April 17) (includes Sat night Awards Banquet)

Wednesday 10/26 Noir at the Bar ONLY: $50

Saturday 10/29 Awards Banquet ONLY: $95



How do I sign up? Or pay? Sign up for our NEWSLETTER and stay tuned for updates! 

Or continue to check out this website for more details.


STAY TUNED for more details about "The Carpool to Hell!"



Details  - TBA

Each year, Louis Boxer and Duane Swierczynski organize a noir-themed urban exploration throughout Philadelphia, based around the life and works of David Goodis. Every journey begins with a trip to the cemetery to honor Goodis and his family. From there, the journey changes every year, although no trip is complete without a visit to the house where Goodis lived and wrote many of his works, other neighborhoods where he grew up and set his novels, as well as a trip to the great Port Richmond Books, where we conclude the tour with snacks, beverages, and books!

Interested in being a "True Thug-4-Life"? Hop on board the Bus To Hell (or, in some years, the Carpool to Hell)! Stay tuned via our NEWSLETTER for registration and itinerary details