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Crime, suspense and a touch of murder.

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


Noir at a Bar - Live in Person

A benefit for the Oxford Public Library


Thursday, October 13, 2022


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

The Wilmington-Chadds Ford Writers Group

The Brandywine Valley 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

“The thing I write will be the thing I write” describes take-it-or-leave it, Philly-born Chris Bauer, a brute-force thriller writer whose novels are occasionally too violent and too profane.


He’s author of the Blessid Trauma Crime Scene Cleaners series (books 1 through 3 are HIDING AMONG THE DEAD, ZERO ISLAND, and the just-released 2 STREET), and the standalone thrillers BINGE KILLER, SCARS ON THE FACE OF GOD, and JANE'S BABY.


He’s also the co-author of AIR RACE, an espionage thriller, with USA Today bestselling author Andrew Watts. Chris is a member of the International Thriller Writers. You can find him  at and on Facebook and Twitter as “cgbauer.” Chris likes the pie more than the turkey., and


Jim Sassaman

Novelist, literary fiction. Adjunct professor, Drexel University. Defense
litigator before Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.


Current work-in-progress: Dempsey’s Diner. Framed by Watergate,
this novel chronicles the end of the hippie era in a small town
nocturnal underground/underworld setting.


Jim lists his literary influences as Nelson Algren, Federico Fellini and Johnny Mercer. Historical comparisons: Jack Kerouac, Henry Miller and Damon Runyon. Contemporary comparisons: Dennis Lehane, James Ellroy and Richard Price.

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Matty Dalrymple

Matty Dalrymple is the indie author of multiple novels.


Her work includes he Lizzy Ballard Thrillers ROCK PAPER SCISSORS, SNAKES AND LADDERS, and THE IRON RING; the Ann Kinnear Suspense Novels THE SENSE OF DEATH, THE SENSE OF RECKONING, THE FALCON AND THE OWL, A FURNACE FOR YOUR FOE, and A SERPENT'S TOOTH; and the Ann Kinnear Suspense Shorts, including CLOSE THESE EYES and WRITE IN WATER. 


Matty lives with her husband, Wade Walton, and their dogs in Chester County, Pennsylvania, and enjoys vacationing on Mount Desert Island, Maine, and Sedona, Arizona, and these locations provide the settings for her work. Matty is a member of Sisters in Crime and International Thriller Writers.

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Tom Joyce

Tom Joyce’s first novel, “The Freak Foundation Operative’s Report,” came out in 2014, and his short story collection, “The Devil’s Kazoo Band Don’t Take Requests,” in 2016. His fiction has appeared in “Needle: A Magazine of Noir,” and “Space and Time Magazine.”


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.

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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 the Wilmington/Chadds Ford Writers Group, as well as Noir at a Bar.


Matt McGeehin

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Greg Cox

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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.


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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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