The Philadelphia Writers’ Conference board of directors, in partnership with The Tavern on the Edge in Gloucester City, NJ, is happy to present “Noir Over the Bar.” Come over to the Jersey side on May 7th at 7:00 PM to meet some of the finest crime writers in the Philadelphia area and hear they work. Meet our writers after the break!

Chris Bauer is the author of JANE’S BABY and SCARS ON THE FACE OF GOD. Chris recently closed a four-book deal with new mystery/thriller imprint Severn River Publishing. HIDING AMONG THE DEAD releases later this month, two more novels release later this year, and one releases next year. Chris once passed for Chip Douglas of My Three Sons TV fame on the Wildwood NJ boardwalk. He likes the pie more than the turkey.

James Carpenter was born and raised in a working class family in rural Mercer County, Pennsylvania, the oldest of four brothers. He’s worked as a farmhand, stock boy, short order cook, machinist, truck driver, soda jerk, janitor, switchboard operator, telemarketer, dishwasher, babysitter, day laborer, and foundry worker, technical writer, computer programmer. His first novel, NO PLACE TO PRAY was published in 2016 and is said to occupy the “creative nexus where Faulkner, Cormac McCarthy, and Richard Pryor converge.”

Anita DeFrancesco is an Author, Workshop Facilitator, Psychotherapist, Reichian-Orgonomy Somatic Therapist, Movement-Dance Movement-Kinesiology Educator,  Yoga teacher,  advanced Tantra Educator, Film and Television  Actor/Producer.  Her true crime book, The Donna Gentile Story: The Life and Murder of an Innocent Runaway covers the tale a young high profile prostitute, caught in the middle of a scandal with two San Diego policemen.

Gregory Frost  is the author of highly-regarded novels that include the Shadowbridge series (Shadowbridge and Lord Tophet, from Del Rey), Fitcher’s Brides (Tor) and the “PK Dickian” sf novel, The Pure Cold Light,  His short fiction has appeared most recently in Asimov’s Science Fiction (April/May 2015); in Out of Tune edited by Jonathan Maberry; in the anthologyDark Duets (HarperCollins), and in Jet-Pack Adventures, an anthology honoring the work of the late Dave Stevens (IDW). Greg is the director of the fiction writing workshop at Swarthmore College.

Merry Jones has been writing since she was old enough to hold a pencil. “If I don’t write,” she says, “over time, I get agitated and irritable, as if energy is building up inside and I have to let it out.” Merry’s most recent work is CHILD’S PLAY, the third thrilling suspense novel featuring unreliable narrator Elle Harrison, also the protagonist of THE TROUBLE WITH CHARLIE and ELECTIVE PROCEDURES. In addition to her books, Merry has published pieces in GLAMOUR, THE LADIES’ HOME JOURNAL, AMERICAN WOMAN and many other magazines. Her books have been printed abroad in Spanish, Chinese, Hebrew, French, German, Norwegian, Turkish and Dutch.

Tony Knighton is an author and a lieutenant in the Philadelphia Fire Department. His novel Three Hours Past Midnight was published in 2017. He also published the novella and story collection Happy Hour and Other Philadelphia Cruelties with Crime Wave Press. His story “The Scavengers” is included in the anthology Shocklines: Fresh Voices in Terror, published by Cemetery Dance, and his story “Sunrise” is included in the anthology Equilibrium Overturned, published by Grey Matter Press. He has also published short fiction in Static Movement Online and Dark Reveries.

Lanny Larcinese is a native mid-westerner and dyed-in-the-wool city guy transplanted to the City of Brotherly Love where he has been writing fiction for seven years. His prize-winning short stories and non-fiction have appeared in magazines and online publications. His first novel, I Detest All My Sins (Intrigue) was published in 2018.



Tom Minder lives in southern New Jersey, with his wife Paula, and writes novels and short fiction. He is published in various online Tom Minder lives in southern New Jersey, with his wife Paula, and writes novels and short fiction. He is published in various online journals and in the Beach Nights anthology from Cat & Mouse Press. He is a member of the South Jersey Writers’ Group and The Writers’ Coffeehouse. His latest novel, The House Always Wins was published in 2018

The Tavern on the Edge is located at 332 Jersey Avenue, Gloucester City, NJ 08030 and the Noir Over the Bar will be held on the second floor (over the bar, get it?).

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