The Book Cellar
Join us at the Book Cellar to celebrate the release of Hong Kong Noir, an anthology from Akashic Books that spotlights mystery stories centered in Hong Kong. Coeditor Susan Blumberg-Kason and contributors Tiffany Hawk, Charles Philipp Martin, and Carmen Suen will be reading from and discussing the book.
About Hong Kong Noir:
Akashic Books continues its award-winning series of original noir anthologies, launched in 2004 with Brooklyn Noir. Each book comprises all new stories, each one set in a distinct neighborhood or location within the respective city. In Hong Kong Noir, fourteen of the city's finest authors explore the dark heart of the Pearl of the Orient in haunting stories of depravity and despair.
About Susan Blumberg-Kason:
Susan Blumberg-Kason is the author of Good Chinese Wife: A Love Affair With China Gone Wrong. Her writing has also appeared in the Los Angeles Review of Books China Blog and China channel, Cha: An Asian Literary Journal, Asian Jewish Life, and several Hong Kong anthologies. She received an MPhil in government and public administration from the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Blumberg-Kason lives in Chicago and frequently travels to Hong Kong.
About Tiffany Hawk:
Tiffany Hawk is a novelist, editor, and writing mentor. She provides one-on-one attention, intensive feedback, customized instruction, and a whole hell of a lot of moral support to novelists and memoirists who want to turn pro.
Charles Philipp Martin grew up in New York City. After university and music conservatory he joined the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra. He eventually quit bass playing to write for newspapers and magazines in Asia. Neon Panic, his first novel featuring Hong Kong police inspector Herman Lok, came out in 2011. Martin now lives in Seattle with his wife Catherine. His jazz radio show 3 O’Clock Jump is broadcast weekly on Hong Kong’s Radio 3 and online.
Carmen Suen was born and raised in Hong Kong, where she wrote and edited for City Magazine, Eat and Travel, and East Magazine. She was also a founding editor of the photography blog Resolve. After relocating to the United States, Suen has been living a semi-nomadic life with her husband Gary and their boys Genghis and Rohan, moving from the Wild West to the Southwest and the Midwest, until finally settling in New York.