PulpFest 2009 has announced that Edgar Award-winning writer, editor, and publisher Otto Penzler will be its Guest of Honor. Mr. Penzler, whose recent anthology The Black Lizard Big Book of Pulps has done more to renew interest in pulp fiction than any mainstream publication in recent history, is a perfect guest for a show like PulpFest. He is a well-known collector of crime fiction, a genre in which Dashiell Hammett, Raymond Chandler, Cornell Woolrich, Erle Stanley Gardner, John D. MacDonald and others toiled in the pulp vineyards before achieving success with major publishers. Mr. Penzler can be expected to regale PulpFest attendees with stories of his adventures in the publishing business and as a lifelong collector. He’ll also be offering a preview of his much-anticipated Black Lizard Big Book of Black Mask Stories, an forthcoming anthology collecting rare yarns from the prestigious pulp magazine that was home many of the giants of hard-boiled detective fiction.
Pulpfest 2009, a new and improved version of the venerable convention catering to fans and collectors of vintage popular fiction, will be held from Friday, July 31st, through Sunday, August 2nd, at the Ramada Plaza Hotel and Convention Center in Columbus, Ohio.
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