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ROME – American Southern noir writer Joe R. Lansdale will be feted by Italy’s Noir in Festival, dedicated to movies and books broadly belonging to the noir genre which is held in the Alpine resort of Courmayeur.

Lansdale, who will receive the fest’s Raymond Chandler Award, is expected to make the trek to the Italian Alps to tubthump his new book “Honky Tonk Samurai,” the latest in a series which is the basis for upcoming six-episode SundanceTV skein “Hap and Leonard.”

Set in 1980’s East Texas it centers on an unlikely pair of best friends, Hap Collins, a former 60s activist and self-proclaimed white trash rebel, played by James Purefoy, and Leonard Pine, a tough black, gay Vietnam vet and Republican, whom Michael Kenneth Williams is playing. They work together as investigators.

“Honky Tonk Samurai” will hit Italian bookstores this month, Italy being the first country where the book is being released, published by Einaudi which is the country’s second-largest imprint.

Previous recipients of the fest’s Raymond Chandler Award, established in tandem with the Raymond Chandler estate, include Elmore Leonard, Scott Turow, and John le Carre.

The unique fest’s lineup of movies and books will be announced on November 18.

The 25th edition of the Courmayeur Noir in Festival will run December 8-13.