Ashland, Or.  July 1, 2008

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Gary Phillips, LA Crime Fiction Writer Visits the Valley

Los Angeles crime fiction writer Gary Phillips is on tour with his latest, an anthology titled Politics Noir: Dark Tales from the Corridors of Power, published this month by Verso. Meet him at Bookwagon New and Used Books in Ashland Oregon on Friday July 11, 2008 at 6pm and get the real story from Gary Phillips on political corruption, the LA underground and life in the city of angels.

Just in time for the 2008 presidential campaign, Politics Noir includes short stories by Ken Bruen, Mike Davis, Robert Greer, Twist Phelen and others. The anthology also includes Phillips’ short story, Swift Boats for Jesus. Lately he's also been writing a serial novella for The Nation online called Citizen Kang: Love Politics and Death from LA to the Beltway. Politics Noir, edited by Gary Phillips, Verso Press, 2008





Phillips is the creator of the Ivan Monk series, featuring an African American investigator who owns an LA donut shop and the Martha Chainey mysteries, set in Black Las Vegas. In addition, this prolific and successful writer edited Akashic Book's 2005 anthology, The Cocaine Chronicles, has written two comic book series, and is well known for his scholarship in popular culture.


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Gary Phillips explains the origin of Politics Noir in this interview with Tim Wohlforth on Ashland Mystery rvtv noir.

Gary Phillips reads from the introduction of Politics Noir on Ashland Mystery rvtv noir

The Ashland Mystery Readers Group also produces the cable access television show Ashland Mystery, rvtv noir, airing Wednesdays at 7:30 pm in Southern Oregon on Cable Channel 15 and webcast at the same time from Now airing is Stan Jones, author of the Inupiat Investigator Nathan Active series and next up is J.A. Jance.


Ashland Mystery is sponsored by the Friends of the Ashland Public Library, and in 2008 also sponsored by Bookwagon New and Used Books, Standing Stone Brewing Company, and Beverly&David Lively--The Party Place. For more information contact Maureen Flanagan at 541-552-0743 or visit the group’s website