Over the course of a couple of days (21-23 Sept. 2012), I had a delightful email exchange with the Irish noir novelist Ken Bruen about his work, his craft, and the ways that place moves on his page. Some really cool moments here, for anyone interested in either side of the page, the writer's perspective and the reader's perspective, the place of crime literature in the world of Literature, love of cities, love of bookstores.
Ken Bruen is a prolific novelist of crime and noir fiction, with nearly three dozen novels to his name. I first became interested in his work not just because he was writing Irish thrillers, which was electrifying to myself as a reader and myself as a teacher, but also because his Jack Taylor novels are set in Galway. I started researching Irish noir (I really hate the term "Emerald Noir"), got deep into some cool scholarship, and then the expected happened: I pulled out a blank syllabus on my computer, started putting a class together. Then a Call for Papers from Eire-Ireland on Irish crime comes across my inbox. A paper on Irish crime lit? Yes, please. So the next logical thing to do was strike up a conversation with this writer that is occupying so much of my thoughts and bookshelf. In some places I changed punctuation to clarify, but in other places, I left his words as he wrote them, because the voice evoked is just awesome.
Lots to talk about here--enjoy!
I read in to a recorder every night and if the music isn’t there, the beat to count cadence, I bin it.