(Forthcoming June 2019)
Self-described as the “Demon Dog” of American literature, James Ellroy is best known as the mind behind such legendary books as L.A. Confidential, The Black Dahlia, American Tabloid, and his most recent novel, Perfidia. The “Godfather of crime fiction,” Ellroy is the only crime writer to receive mainstream literary honors, including TIME’s Novel of the Year (for American Tabloid) and Best Book of the Year (for his memoir My Dark Places). An unmatched raconteur, Ellroy’s talks explore his vision of California noir—in presentations that are bold, reflective, and hilarious.
Celebrated for his hard-boiled, jazz-inflected books, like the L.A. Quartet and the Underworld U.S.A. Trilogy, James Ellroy is a master of crime stories, intrigue, and mid-century gangland justice. In candid talks, he shares the historical inspiration behind his books and the literary tradition he’s made a home in. Leading audiences through tales of neon-lit American history, gossip, and the criminal element that inspires him, Ellroy’s talks are uniquely engaging: funny, frightening, and brilliantly told.
“Ask me to name the best living novelist who’s fierce, brave, funny, beautiful, convoluted, and paranoid ... and it becomes simple: James Ellroy. If insanity illuminated by highly dangerous strokes of literary lightning is your thing, then Ellroy’s your man.”— Stephen King
Ellroy’s forthcoming novel, This Storm (June 2019), is the second volume of his Second L.A. Quartet. The first volume, Perfidia, achieved international-bestseller status. The Second L.A. Quartet places real-life and fictional characters from Ellroy’s first two bodies of work in Los Angeles, during World War II, as significantly younger people. As with all of Ellroy’s work, it is uniquely ambitious, mysterious, and deeply satisfying.