Andrew Welsh-Huggins, editor of COLUMBUS NOIR, will be joined by several of book’s contributors—the city’s best storytellers—for an evening that unveils the shadowy tales set in neighborhoods across this metropolis. Those participating include Columbus Noir contributors Chris Bournea, Yolonda Tonette Sanders, Robin Yocum, and Kandy Williams (writing as Mercedes King).
The event will be live streamed on Facebook, with questions to the contributors coming from the Facebook audience. Bexley Public Library and Buckeye Crime Writers are Community Partners for this program.
As Welsh-Huggins wrote in the book’s introduction, Columbus is an epicenter of the opioid epidemic, the wealth gap is widening, and infant mortality is growing, particularly in the African American community. It seems that Columbus is “finally as lethal as any big American city.”
In these shadowy tales of noir, from light gray to pitch black, sexual passion drives many of the stories, along with racism, greed, and pride. Still, Welsh-Huggins notes, “a deep appreciation of Columbus runs through the book as forcefully as the swath cut by the Olentangy after a couple of days of hard rain.”
Andrew Welsh-Huggins, an editor and reporter for the Associated Press in Columbus, is the author of nonfiction books on the death penalty and terrorism, and six novels about private eye Andy Hayes, an ex-Ohio State and Cleveland Browns quarterback turned investigator. Welsh-Huggins's short story "The Murderous Type" won the 2017 Al Blanchard Award for best New England short crime fiction.
Chris Bournea is a journalist, author, and filmmaker. He directed and produced the documentary Lady Wrestler: The Amazing, Untold Story of African-American Women in the Ring. Edgar-nominee
Yolonda Tonette Sanders is an author, speaker, and the founder and CEO of Yo Productions, a theatrical entertainment, literary services, and independent publishing company.
Robin Yocum is the author of five novels and two nonfiction crime books, including the Edgar-nominated, barnesandnoble.com best seller A Brilliant Death. He began his career as a crime and investigative reporter for the Columbus Dispatch from 1980-1991.
Kandy Williams is an Ohio native and founding member of Buckeye Crime Writers (formerly Sisters in Crime Columbus, Ohio, aka SiCCO). With a degree in Criminology from Capital University and a passion for writing, she enjoys exploring criminal behaviors through her stories.