NoirCon Returns With 2022 Virtual Conference

NoirCon returns after a four year absence with a virtual conference, to be held from Friday, October 21, 2022 through Sunday, October 23, 2022. The three-day symposium celebrates noir in all its artistic incarnations with live and pre-recorded events, including panel discussions, award ceremonies, author talks, art exhibitions, movie screenings, and more. A complete programming schedule will be released later this summer.

The virtual NoirCon 2022 will be held on the Accelevents platform. An all-access pass covering the entire conference is $36. Registration includes access to the Accelevents platform for 30 days after the event, so attendees can re-watch events or catch up on panels they missed. To register, please visit:

Switching to an all-virtual platform this year allows NoirCon to reach a broader audience than ever before. “Noir is truly a global phenomenon,” says NoirCon co-founder and president Lou Boxer. “By going fully virtual this year, we can connect with authors and fans from around the world. We’re very excited for what the digital experience can offer.”

The virtual NoirCon 2022 will be the organization’s biggest symposium yet, incorporating events that were planned for 2018 before that year’s gathering was cancelled due to the untimely passing of its beloved co-founder, Deen Kogan. “Deen was the heart of NoirCon. Her enthusiasm and brilliance gave it life,” explains Boxer. “NoirCon 2022 is dedicated to Deen’s memory.”

NoirCon 2022 will celebrate the honorees that were unable to receive their awards in 2018, as well as this year’s recipients.

2018 Award Winners
David Goodis Award: Walter Mosley
Anne Friedberg Award for Contributions to Noir and its Preservation: Dana Polan
Kogan Award For Excellence: Geoffrey O’Brien and Max Rudin

2022 Award Winners
David Goodis Award: Megan Abbott
Anne Friedberg Award for Contributions to Noir and its Preservation: Sarah Weinman
Kogan Award For Excellence: Marcia Muller and Bill Pronzini

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NoirCon 2020 Canceled

Due to COVID-19, NoirCon 2020 is canceled. While I hope that conditions will be better by this fall, at this point there is no certainty about anything, and I feel that it would be irresponsible to prolong cancellation any longer.

NoirCon is nothing without the love, contributions, and support of you, its dedicated family. I hope that you and your loved ones are safe and healthy, and I look forward to reconvening in 2021.

NoirCon will rise again and provide a forum for sharing new ideas, work, and our collective passion for all things noir.

Much love and gratitude,
Lou Boxer

Retreat to Goodisville 2020

UPDATE: We will now conclude the event at Naked Brewing Company, 51 Buck Rd, Huntingdon Valley, PA 19006.

This year’s Retreat to Goodisville is a special leap year edition. On Saturday, Feb 29 we will gather in Philadelphia to celebrate David Goodis’s birthday by visiting the locations where he lived as well as his family’s graves to pay our respects. The tour is bookended by lunch at Jong Ka Jib and post-tour drinks, eats, and live music at La Rose Jazz Club.

If you are interested in attending the event, please RSVP here on Facebook.

As in past years, this is BYOC (Bring Your Own Car). If you have extra seats in your car or are looking for a ride, leave a comment on the Facebook event page and let’s try to coordinate!

Special thanks to Andrew McElhinney for coordinating this year’s Retreat to Goodisville.

SAT FEB 29, 2020
12 NOON – LUNCH at Jong Ka Jib, 6600 North 5th Street (BYOB)
2 PM – VISIT Goodis House at 6305 North 11th Street
3 PM – VISIT Lot where Goodis house stood, 4758 North 10th Street
4:30 PM – VISIT Roosevelt Memorial Park, 2701 Old Lincoln Hwy
6 PM – Naked Brewing Company, 51 Buck Rd, Huntingdon Valley, PA 19006 (Bar)