May 262010

The Write Room is excited to announce that author Linda Niemann Grant will read from her new book Railroad Noir at the upcoming Play Pen on June 1st

Date: June 1st


Location: Johnnie MacCracken’s Celtic Pub

15 Atlanta Street Marietta, GA.

Railroad Noir

The American West at the End of the Twentieth Century

Narratives by Linda Grant Niemann

Photographs by Joel Jensen

Culled from the 20 years she spent traveling the American West as a freight brakeman and conductor, Linda Grant Niemann’s Railroad Noir delves into the darker side of railroading. The 1990s were a time of crisis for workers caught in the breakup of the Southern Pacific Railroad. Niemann’s tales of exhaustion, alcoholism, homelessness, and corporate blundering present a revelatory account of railroading life. Photographer Joel Jensen realizes Niemann’s vision of the working West with images of cowboy bars, blue motels, and railroaders working in electrical storms, white-outs, and desert heat waves. The result is an honest, gritty, and striking collaboration.

*The Play Pen is an open mic evening of poetry, prose, and music sponsored by The Write Room magazine.  Play Pens are held the first Tuesday of every month from 7:30 to 10 pm in Johnnie MacCracken’s Celtic Pub located 15 Atlanta Street on the historic Marietta Square in Marietta, Georgia.