Bloody Pulp!

According to Merriam-Webster, gentrification is defined as “the process of renewal and rebuilding accompanying the influx of middle-class or affluent people into deteriorating areas that often displaces poorer residents.” The editors of independent New York publisher Akashic Books, however, pride themselves on their “reverse-gentrification of the literary world.” They might just be right. Focusing on urban literature and writers all too often sidelined into obscurity, the feather in Akashic’s cap is its noir series, which includes collections of pulp rooted in Brooklyn, Las Vegas, Toronto, and Trinidad, among others. Toronto Noir, in particular, revels in the alleyways and shadows of a metropolis not often recognized for its dark side. Trading in flannel and “aboots” for sexual deviance and the Austerian allure of strangers, Akashic promises you’ll never look at your city in the same way again.

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