Updated: Nov 12
It’s high time I made mention of all those spending their Monday 17 February holiday at Noir City, Seattle earlier this month. And what better way to celebrate?
There were four movies showing at the Egyptian Theater that afternoon and evening, and in the breaks between, yours truly was there to sign copies of Shamus Dust. Until, that is, every last one in the house was cleaned out.
All that remained was my own, well-traveled, Advance Reader Copy.
Think of it as the rare edition Marlowe kids Agnes about in Geiger’s bookstore in The Big Sleep, the one with the erratum on page 116.
So, a big thank you to Eddie Muller, for seriously advising the Noir City audience not to miss out on getting their own signed copy. And thanks especially to all those film- and book-hounds at the Egyptian that day, who took his advice. Seeing a line form was not something I was prepared for, believe me. The thought of it even now brings a lump to my throat. All in the best cause too, since all proceeds went to the Film Noir Foundation.
And that ARC of mine with the erratum? Bought by Raphael Viñoly, grandson of Uruguayan-Argentine film director Román Viñoly Barreto (1914 - 1970), two of whose films the FNF brought back to life in 2019.
In the spirit of the thing, Raphael decided he ought to pay way over over the odds for that much sought-after Shamus Dust with the erratum. Gallantry lives! Meanwhile the two FNF restorations directed by his grandfather, La Bestia Debe Morir (The Beast Must Die, 1952) and El Vampiro Negro (The Black Vampire, 1953) are showing at Noir City festivals this year. On no account miss them.
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On the QT and strictly off the record - "That really was a wonderful NOIR CITY festival this year! Best audiences!"
The films showing on the day of my book signing for Shamus Dust on Monday 17 February:
3:15 PM - A Woman's Face (En kvinnas ansikte)
6:00 PM - Never Let Go *35mm*
8:30 PM - Victim *35mm*
Vince and Rosemarie Keenan, - AKA Renee Patrick - were a huge success hosting Noir City on Saturday 15 and Sunday 16 February.
Upcoming Noir City Satellite Festivals 2020:
NOIR CITY: Hollywood: Mar 6-15, 2020
NOIR CITY: Austin: May 15-17, 2020
NOIR CITY: Boston: Jun 12-14, 2020
NOIR CITY: Chicago: dates TBD
NOIR CITY: Detroit: Sep 18-20, 2020
NOIR CITY: D.C.: dates TBD