The Big Read Blog (Archive)

The Maltese Falcon

Jay McShann at the keyboard. Image courtesy of Chiaroscuro Records Today, and for most of this month, I'll be celebrating jazz and literature. From the NEA Jazz Master's 30th Anniversary publication : "Known in jazz circles as 'Hootie,' Jay McShann is for the most part a self-taught artist, though...
Brunswick, Georgia’s Golden Isles Arts and Humanities Association has partnered with the McIntosh Art Association in nearby Darien to showcase artworks by local artists who were inspired by the community's Big Read selection, The Maltese Falcon . Today, we look at two of the pieces from this...
San Francisco's iconic Golden Gate Bridge, used courtesy of pdphoto.org Dashiell Hammett's 1930 novel, The Maltese Falcon , set a new high mark for detective fiction, to which all future writers of the genre would aspire. A major character besides the incomparable Sam Spade is the city in which the...
Laura Lippman. Photo by Jan Cobb Laura Lippman. Photo by Jan Cobb Dashiell Hammett is credited for inventing noir fiction and its iconic private detective, best personified by Sam Spade, the investigator in the classic Maltese Falcon . He?s the hard-boiled detective, not afraid of criminals,...
Charlottesville, VA Charlottesville?s "Find the Falcon" program. From top to bottom: The falcon outside Edgar Allan Poe's room at the University of Virginia; at the Hatton Ferry crossing near Scottsville, Virginia; and outside Cuckoo Tavern, where Jack Jouett began his ride to warn the Virginia...
Washington, DC Photo of Dashiell Hammett courtesy of Josephine Hammett. Many argue over whether Dashiell Hammett or Ernest Hemingway first developed the sparse, crisp style that?s been associated with their writing. Though no one knows the answer, one thing?s for sure--- The Maltese Falcon is the...
Hattiesburg, Mississippi A digital photo hunt was just one of The Big Read activities to take place in Hattiesburg during October. Participants took photos that represented themes from each chapter of The Maltese Falcon . The photo above represents chapter one?Spade & Archer. Photo by Lisa...
California?s El Dorado County may have spent this spring reading The Call of the Wild as opposed to The Maltese Falcon but they still managed to embed a little mystery into their Big Read events through readings by local author, Todd Borg. Borg?s mystery series features private eye Owen McKenna, a...
Washington, DC "Yankee ranger, you're cleared for takeoff" by tigerplish from Flickr ( http://www.flickr.com/photos/tigerplish/ / CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 ) A featured speaker at the Pirate's Alley Faulkner Society's New Orleans Big Read of The Maltese Falcon , Dennis Lehane is the author of such noteworthy...
"Dashiell Hammett" by John Sherffius. Visit The Big Read website to learn more about Hammett and The Maltese Falcon. One of two Big Easy Big Reads, the Pirate's Alley Faulkner Society's celebration of Dashiell Hammet's The Maltese Falcon kicked off on October 18 at the Cabildo Museum in New Orleans...

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