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JANUARY 17, 2005
January 17, 2005
at the Gordon Best Theatre

216 Hunter Street West, Peterborough, Ontario
8:00 pm

The Cooked and Eaten presents a dark and stormy night of noir fiction; perfect for a shivery January evening. Come to the warmth of the Gordon Best Theatre to hear detective, hard boiled and noir fiction featuring:

Emily Glasspool
Emily Glasspool is a Peterborough-based writer, director, actor and musician. She is the artistic director of Mysterious Entity Theatre. Her writing includes poetry, short stories and plays, and she recently co-wrote and performed a theatre piece entitled Pool for Love with Canadian performance artist David Bateman.

Jean Rae Baxter
Jean Rae Baxter is a literary Jekyll and Hyde. An outwardly genteel retired high school English teacher, Jean writes stories for children and young adults. But she also produces noir fiction of a particularly cunning and nasty bent. She demonstrated her dark side memorably in the story "Loss", which appeared in Hard Boiled Love, published in 2003 by Insomniac Press. Jean's work has been published in numerous literary journals and anthologies, winning awards from the Canadian Writer's Journal and the Hamilton and Region Arts Council. Her first collection of short stories is forthcoming in 2005.

John Swan
A native of Hamilton, Ontario, John is the reigning godfather of Canuck Noir. Co-editor of the anthologies Iced and Hard Boiled Love, John also writes tough, raw fiction that explores the darkness of the Canadian soul. His short fiction has appeared in numerous periodicals and anthologies. A collection of linked stories, The Rouge Murders, was published in 1996. His new novel, Sap, was published by Insomniac Press in 2003. Writing in "The Globe & Mail," Margaret Cannon says Swan delivers "the essentials of noir in a distinctively Canadian style…he has the manner down."

Vern Smith
Vern Smith grew up in Windsor, Ontario, about twenty-five minutes from the real Green Ghetto. He also grew up admiring the hard-edged writers of the Detroit pulp scene. Now resident in Toronto, Vern is a former crime and political reporter, author of the short story collection Glue for Breakfast, and editor of the Western fiction zine "Kerosene Road." He has contributed dark tales to the anthologies Iced and Hard Boiled Love. And he is a regular contributor to "Canadian Screenwriter Magazine."


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