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The Big Rewind

Author Discusses Detective Fiction, Movies At Cooperstown Film Society

Author Discusses Detective Fiction,

Movies At Cooperstown Film Society

Libby Cudmore, author of “The Big Rewind” and managing editor of The Freeman’s Journal & Hometown Oneonta, discusses film noir, its impact and what defines it during an interview with the Hall of Fame’s Bill Francis at a meeting of the Cooperstown Film Society this evening at the  Village Library of Cooperstown.  She focused on Oneonta mystery writer S.S. Van Dyne’s novels about detective Philo Vance, which were made into a series of Hollywood movies in the 1930s, starring William Powell, Basil Rathbone and other major stars.    A Noir Double Feature followed, with the screening of “The Big Clock” and “An Active of Violence.”  (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for WEDNESDAY, MARCH 11, 2020
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for WEDNESDAY, MARCH 11

Noir Double Feature & Discussion

With Local Author Libby Cudmore

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FILM SOCIETY – 7 – 11 p.m. Cooperstown film society presents Noir double feature ‘The Big Clock’ (1948) & ‘An Act of Violence’ (1949) with special guest Libby Cudmore, author ‘The Big Rewind’ & journalist, joining us for dark discussion of black & white crime. Cooperstown Village Library, 22 Main St., Cooperstown. Visit www.facebook.com/FilmSocCoop/

‘The Big Rewind’ Reviewed In USA Today

USA Today Reviews ‘Big Rewind’

big rewindEditor’s Note:  This is a review by Charles Finch published today by  USA Today, the nation’s largest newspaper, of AllOTSEGO.com reporter Libby Cudmore’s “The Big Rewind.”  He gave the novel three out of four stars.

A hipster cozy! That’s a pretty irresistible idea, and Libby Cudmore’s debut novel delivers on it — her broke Brooklynite heroine, Jett, moves in a world of impeccably cool vegans, wine drunk out of Pokémonglasses, and Psychedelic Furs songs, all the while, in the most hipster gesture of all, disdaining her fellow hipsters. 

The author’s anatomization of this milieu is a joy, funny, precise, and self-deprecating; the story at play, beginning with Jett’s discovery of her neighbor’s corpse and hinging on a mysterious mixtape, is a little shakier, unfortunately. 

Kirkus: Libby’s Mystery Novel May Inspire Sequels

Kirkus: Libby’s Mystery Novel May Inspire Sequels

big rewindAll.OTSEGO.com reporter Libby Cubmore’s mystery novel, “The Big Rewind,” to be published in February, has received its first review, in Kirkus, and it’s a positive one:  “The clues to a Brooklyn murder unspool on a mixtape in what might be a new mystery subgenre – the hipster cozy.    The review hopes the mystery, to be published by William Morrow in February, “inspire more than one playlist and, hopefully, a sequel.”

READ FULL KIRKUS REVIEW OF ‘BIG REWIND’
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