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Crime, suspense and a touch of murder.

A perfect evening. IF you aren't the one being murdered.

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Noir at a Bar - Live in Person

A benefit for the Oxford Public Library


Thursday, October 19, 2023


6:30 pm until the last body drops


Octoraro Hotel (OTE)

2 South Third Street, Oxford PA

Local authors present their short fiction

designed to scare, shock and delight you.

Tickets $25 include meal and entertainment

Presented in conjunction with 

The Main Line Writers Group

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Our authors are all local. Some are established writers having published multiple books. Others are presenting their first public work. Some work at it full time and for others, it's their passionate hobby.  

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Chris Bauer

Chris Bauer wouldn’t trade his Philly upbringing of street sports, fistfights, brick and stone row houses, and twelve years of well-intentioned Catholic school discipline for a Philadelphia minute (think New York minute but more fickle and less forgiving).


He still does most of his own stunts, and he's a member of International Thriller Writers. He likes the pie more than the turkey. or

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Matty Dalrymple

Matty Dalrymple is the author of the Lizzy Ballard Thrillers, beginning with ROCK PAPER SCISSORS; the Ann Kinnear Suspense Novels, beginning with THE SENSE OF DEATH; and the Ann Kinnear Suspense Shorts.


Matty is a member of International Thriller Writers and Sisters in Crime. Matty also podcasts, writes, speaks, and consults on the writing craft and the publishing voyage as The Indy Author. She has written books on the business of short fiction and podcasting for authors, and her articles have appeared in Writer’s Digest magazine. Matty is a member of the Alliance of Independent Authors.


Vince Dowdle

Vince is the author of two books at opposite ends of the literary spectrum. The Philadelphia Sampler of Photographs Past and Present shows what the titles states while Big Change Gonna Come is a comic fantasy.

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Tom Joyce

Tom Joyce is a beginning writer from Phoenixville, PA. He writes a monthly feature called “Nuts & Bolts” for the international Horror Writers Association's blog, featuring interviews with some of the most prominent people in the horror genre on the craft and business of writing.


Jay "Knuckles" Kennedy

Jay is a reader, not a writer, but Gary has naked pictures of his cats so occasionally he can be coerced into embarrassing himself at Noir events.  Like this one.

Jay serves on the board of the Library.


Gary Zenker

By day, Gary uncovers the mysteries of marketing for his clients and, according to one client, "kicks ass." 

By night, he writes flash fiction and publishes books on a variety of topics, including two co-written with his then pre-teen son Seth and a volume on using leadership skills to create successful Meetup groups.

Gary is the creator and facilitator of the Main Line Writers Group and founder of the Wilmington/Chadds Ford Writers Group, as well as Noir at a Bar.

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Tony Knighton

Tony Knighton is an American crime fiction author known for his lean, suspenseful writing style. He is a career firefighter in Philadelphia, which has influenced his writing and given him a unique perspective on the darker aspects of urban life.

Some of his notable works, published by Brash Books, include: A Few Days Away (2021), Three Hours Past Midnight (2017), and Happy Hour and Other Philadelphia Cruelties (2015). Tony has had short stories published in various crime fiction anthologies
and magazines, as well.

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Lanny Larcenese

Lanny Larcinese has been writing crime fiction as well as non-fiction for eight years. His early short work was awarded first prize at three successive Philadelphia Writers Conferences and published in online magazines. Excerpts from his memoir, Women: One Man's Journey, were also first prize contest winners. His debut novel, I Detest All My Sins was well-reviewed by Kirkus and others. His novel, Death in the Family, was published in 2019.

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Mike Clarke

Mike has lived in Oxford, PA since 2000. After 40 years in the paint business, he retired and now occupies his time with writing pursuits and other activities. He blogs on pop culture.


Matthew McGeehin

Matthew is an office manager and a long-time writer. His work has been found in numerous anthologies. He focuses on putting the “fun” in funeral and the mirth in murder. Nothing brings him more joy than his readers enjoying themselves with his work.


Joanne McLaughlin

Joanne McLaughlin writes sexy vampire novels, sharp mysteries, and sweeter short fiction. She is the author of the Vampires of the Court of Cruelty trilogy (“Never Before Noon,” “Never Until Now,” and “Never More Human”), the crime thriller “Chasing Ashes” (Celestial Echo Press, coming Nov. 1), and the stories “Peppina’s Sweetheart” and “Grass and Granite” (available on Amazon).


On her journalist side, Joanne is a longtime editor of prize-winning news and features for newspapers and public media.


Joanne lives in Philadelphia, where she indulges her love for home design and a grown son and two granddaughters.


All the readers have great stories. Plan to show up and bring some friends. 

That wouldn't kill you, would it?


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