Siobhan and I are getting through the Key Ideas entries steadily now, aiming for our January manuscript submission deadline, but my attention is increasingly drawn by my crime fiction projects, including the two books. I received information today about the Literary Art of Murder conference (April 4-6, 2008) where I’m going to be talking about “The New Noir: Cold War Stories in the Twenty-First Century”. This is essentially an academic conference and I’ve been listed, rather charmingly, as an ‘independent scholar’, but the lineup looks appealing, including an appearance by The Murder Squad. There are some well-known speakers from crime fiction studies, including Stephen Knight, Laura Marcus, Gill Plain, Susan Rowland, Paul Cobley, and Andrew Pepper.
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