Readings from Dallas Noir

Thursday, January 30, 7:30 PM
Venue: Jonsson Performance Hall
Ticket: Free
Season: 2013-14

Readings from the new book Dallas Noir by editor David Hale Smith and contributors from UT Dallas; Clay Reynolds, Matt Bondurant and Lauren Davis.

 

David Hale Smith, from the Introduction:   MY FAVORITE LINE IN MY FAVORITE SONG about Dallas goes like this: Dallas is a rich man with a death wish in his eyes / A steel and concrete soul in a warm heart and love disguise . . . The narrator of Jimmie Dale Gilmore’s perfect tune “Dallas” is coming to town as a broke dreamer with the bright lights of the big city on his mind. He’s just seen the Dallas cityscape through the window of his seat on a DC-9 at night. Is he just beginning his quest? Or is he on his way home, flying out of Love Field, reminiscing after seeing the woman who stepped on him when he was down?  

 

IN A COUNTRY WITH SO MANY INTERESTING CITIES, Dallas is often overlooked—except on November 22 every year. The heartbreaking anniversary keeps coming back around in a nightmare loop, for all of us. On that day in 1963, Dallas became American noir. A permanent black scar on its history that will never be erased, no matter how many happy business stories and hit television shows arise from here. In a stark ongoing counterweight to the JFK tragedy are those two iterations of the TV show. Dallas is not a TV show. It’s a real city . . . For the past forty years, my capacity to be surprised by it has not diminished one bit. I hope the stories in this collection will surprise you too.    

 

DAVID HALE SMITH is a literary agent based in Dallas, Texas. Along with fourteen Edgar Award nominations, his clients have won the Edgar, Anthony, Agatha, Shamus, Barry, Macavity, Eisner, and Bram Stoker awards, as well as the Los Angeles Times Book Prize.    

 

ALSO AVAILABLE FROM AKASHIC BOOKS: Lone Star Noir edited by Bobby Byrd & Johnny Byrd, $15.95, 300 pages, ISBN-13: 978-1-936070-64-0, Trade Paperba



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