Subterranean SF Reading Series presents____ Ariel Winter's Noir Apocalypse
Thursday, October 11, 2012, (exact time tba), Location: Undisclosed (by invite only)

City Lights in conjunction with Hard Case Crime and Litquake present

Subterranean SF: Hardboiled Fiction With An Edge

Ariel Winter's Noir Apocalypse

An evening of storytelling skirting the edges of sanity

celebrating the release of

The Twenty-Year Death

a noir epic-novel by Ariel Winter

published by Hard Case Crime

This event shall take place at an undisclosed location.

Admission is free, but only on a first come, first serve basis.

Seating is limited and by invitation only.

Invitiations become available on Monday, October 8, 2012

Invitations may only be picked up in-person at the front counter of City Lights Bookstore, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, CA. Ask for the black envelope. It will contain directions to the venue and starting time. Each invite admits two.

No reservations shall be accepted.

Call City Lights to determine ticket availability (tel. 415-362-8193 x24)

about The Twenty Year Death:

A breathtaking debut novel written in the form of three separate crime novels, each set in a different decade and penned in the style of a different giant of the mystery genre.

The body found in the gutter in France led the police inspector to the dead man's beautiful daughter—and to her hot-tempered American husband.

A hardboiled private eye hired to keep a movie studio's leading lady happy uncovers the truth behind the brutal slaying of a Hollywood starlet.

A desperate man pursuing his last chance at redemption finds himself with blood on his hands and the police on his trail...

Three complete novels that, taken together, tell a single epic story, about an author whose life is shattered when violence and tragedy consume the people closest to him. It is an ingenious and emotionally powerful debut performance from literary detective and former bookseller Ariel S. Winter, one that establishes this talented newcomer as a storyteller of the highest caliber.

What has been said about the work of Ariel Winter:

"The Twenty-Year Death is a bravura debut, ingenious and assured, and a fitting tribute to the trio of illustrious ghosts who are looking—with indulgence, surely—over Ariel Winter's shoulder."
— John Banville

"The Twenty-Year Death is an absolute astonishment. Ariel S. Winter manages to channel three iconic crime writers and pull off a riveting story of a two-decade ruination in which it is the things not said that somehow have the loudest echoes."
— Peter Straub

"As an old-school fan of Georges Simenon, I read MALNIVEAU PRISON with awe and delight."
— Alice Sebold on Book 1 of The Twenty-Year Death

"Expertly summoning the most sinuous strains of Chandler, THE FALLING STAR sinks you into its dark, sleek world."
— Megan Abbott on Book 2 of The Twenty-Year Death

"Bold, innovative, and thrilling—The Twenty-Year Death crackles with suspense and will keep you up late."
          —Stephen King

Subterranean SF Reading Series is produced from the depths of City Lights Bookstore. Each season, writers are chosen who excel at the art literary pathology. Noir is the game, the storytelling is the same: dark, explosive, exquisitely crafted tales of murder and mayhem. There is no mailing list. There is no Facebook page. We don't link-in. To learn more, keep your eyes on the City Lights event calendar. The series is announced abruptly and sporadically. Admission is always free, but at your own risk. Invites are only available at a predesignated location and give instructions on how to find the venue and offer a password for admittance. No one will be admitted without an invite or a password. Invites are available on a first-come-first-serve basis. No reservations are accepted. No Exceptions. Ever.

Hard Case Crime was created by Charles Ardai and Max Phillips; the unique cover designs for their books between December 2006 and August 2010 were created by Steve Cooley of Cooley Design Lab. Hard Case Crime is dedicated to reviving the vigor and excitement, the suspense and thrills—the sheer entertainment—of the golden age of paperback crime novels, both by bringing back into print the best work of the pulp era and by introducing readers to new work by some of today's most powerful writers and artists. Determined detectives and dangerous women...fortune hunters and vengeance seekers...ingenious criminals and men on the run...Hard Case Crime novels offer everything you want from a great story, all in handsome and affordable editions.

Litquake, San Francisco's annual literary festival, was founded by Bay Area writers in order to put on a week-long literary spectacle for book lovers, complete with cutting-edge panels, unique cross-media events, and hundreds of readings. Since its founding in 1999, the festival has presented more than 3,650 author appearances for an audience of over 83,500 in its lively and inclusive celebration of San Francisco's thriving contemporary literary scene. Litquake seeks to foster interest in literature, perpetuate a sense of literary community, and provide a vibrant forum for Bay Area writing as a complement to the city's music, film, and cultural festivals.