Japanese Noir Master Fuminori Nakamura and Soho Press Publisher Bronwen Hruska Honored at NoirCon 2014

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At NoirCon 2014 Japanese author Fuminori Nakamura will receive the David L. Goodis Award for Noir Fiction and Soho Press publisher Bronwen Hruska will receive the Jay and Deen Kogan Award for Crime Fiction Publishing Excellence at NoirCon 2014.

Japanese author Fuminori Nakamura to receive the 2014 David L. Goodis Award.

Crime fiction that pushes past the bounds of genre

At the 2014 NoirCon conference the Manhattan-based Soho Crime will receive a pair of awards. Soho publisher Bronwen Hruska will receive the Jay and Deen Kogan Award for outstanding publishing in the crime fiction genre and Soho Crime author Fuminori Nakamura will be honored with the David L. Goodis Award for Noir Fiction.

Nakamura ("The Thief", "Evil and the Mask", and "Last Winter, We Parted") has won several of Japan’s most prestigious literary prizes, including the Oe, Noma, and Akutagawa prizes. The English-language translations of his work have received critical acclaim, including selection by the "Wall Street Journal" in their Best Books lists of 2012 and 2013 lists as well as being short-listed for the "Los Angeles Times" Book Prize. NoirCon 2014 is one of the destinations on his second North American book tour.

"Wall Street Journal" book critic Tom Nolan, who will be conducting an interview with Nakamura at NoirCon, has described Nakamura as a “Japanese Zen-noir master.” It is a sentiment echoed by "Los Angeles Times" book critic David L. Ulin, who described Nakamura’s writing as, “Crime fiction that pushes past the bounds of genre, occupying its own nightmare realm.”

That is to say, an author of noir worthy of the Goodis name.

Bronwen Hruska, publisher of Soho Press, is being recognized as an outstanding publisher of crime fiction and is receiving the Jay and Deen Kogan Award, last given to Otto Penzler of Mysterious Books. Of the reason for choosing Hruska, NoirCon writes that, "She has led the way in translation publishing and opened many doors for women in the field."

NOIRCON, originally known as GoodisCon in honor of noir fiction pioneer David L. Goodis, is a biennial tribute to all things noir from literature to film to art and poetry. It will take place from October 30 through November 2, 2014. This conference is produced and headquartered at Society Hill Playhouse.

In addition to Nakamura and Hruska, Soho Crime author Stuart Neville will be in attendance as part of his North American tour for the fourth Belfast Novel, "The Final Silence".

Dr. Louis Boxer and Deen Kogan, director of Society Hill Playhouse, co-chair NOIRCON 2014. For further information call 215-923-0210 or check the website: http://www.noircon.com.

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