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‘Houston Noir’ Features Dark Stories Set In The Bayou City

Writer Gwendolyn Zepeda discusses the stories in the new anthology she edited and how our city lends itself to the genre.

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Houston Noir BookIn 2004, Brooklyn-based publisher Akashic Books launched a series of city-specific noir anthologies beginning with Brooklyn Noir.

These anthologies consist of stories set in various neighborhoods of the city in question, and obviously, it was only a matter of time before the fourth-largest city in America got its turn.

Houston Noir, comes out today, having been compiled and edited by Houston's first poet laureate Gwendolyn Zepeda.

In the audio above, Zepeda talks about the stories and authors featured in this collection and how our city lends itself to the noir genre.