Back I’m Dreaming of a Noir Christmas: Classic Crime Thrillers of the 1960s


December 5, 2023—To cap LOA LIVE’s fall season, a killer lineup of panelists explores classic crime fiction of the 1960s, from Donald Westlake-writing-as-Richard Stark’s taut smash-and-grab heist novel The Score to Patricia Highsmith’s eerie meta-thriller The Tremor of Forgery.

Join Geoffrey O’Brien, editor of Crime Novels of the 1960s, along with noir maven Sarah Weinman (The Real Lolita), cultural critic Gene Seymour, and poet David Lehman (The Mysterious Romance of Murder) for an arresting dive into nine astonishingly inventive novels that pulse with the energies of a turbulent, transformative decade.

You can listen to the full program, as well as all our past LOA LIVE events, on Spotify and Apple Podcasts.

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We thank our promotional partners: the Association of Literary Scholars, Critics & Writers; the Crime Writers Association; and Film Noir Foundation.

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