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THE BIG READ finds "The Maltese Falcon"

THE BIG READ, a community-wide reading project funded by the National Endowment for the Arts and focusing on Dashiell Hammett’s classic noir novel, The Maltese Falcon, will include book and film discussions, panel presentations, a noir writing workshop and a fun interactive murder mystery theatre show.

Broward County Library Learning Services will also be participating by incorporating The Maltese Falcon into their English Café classes for new readers & speakers of English. Call Learning Services at 954-625-2847 for more information on English Café.

March 27 at 12 Noon

The Maltese Flacon Book Discussion

Main Library

100 S. Andrews Avenue, Fort Lauderdale


March 27th at 7pm

Dashiell Hammett on the Radio

Main Library

100 S. Andrews Avenue, Fort Lauderdale


Dashiell Hammett’s “The Maltese Falcon”, featuring Sam Spade and the “The Thin Man” were made into successful motion pictures. Less well known are adaptations of Mr. Hammett’s work on network radio in the 1940s and 50s. Come and listen to how Hammett’s characters came alive before the microphone in selected scenes from “The Maltese Falcon” - with Humphrey Bogart reprising his Sam Spade movie role and listen to Howard Duff’s interpretation of Sam in “The Adventures of Same Spade”. Librarian Tom Wilcox will talk about the shows and their casts and other topics related to this interesting chapter to this author’s works.

March 29 10am – 1pm

Writing Noir Fiction Writing Workshop

Main Library

Fee: $40

Call 954-357-7401 to register

Originating in the Hardboiled fiction of the 30s and Film Noir of the 40s, Noir has had a resurgence in recent years, in magazines, anthologies, and novels, as well as in television and film. In this workshop we'll look at the tradition of Noir and the ways that contemporary writers can both draw on and rewrite the genre's characters, plotting, use of setting, and exploration of morality and identity. We'll talk about what makes a strong crime story, how to construct them, and markets.

Winner of the Edgar Award for best mystery short story, Lynne Barrett is the author of The Secret Names of Women and The Land of Go. Recent stories appear in Miami Noir, A Hell of a Woman, A Dixie Christmas, and One Year to a Writing Life. She teaches in the MFA program at Florida International University and is Editor of The Florida Book Review.

March 29 at 12 Noon

Lunch with the Librarian: The Maltese Falcon and the Evolution of the Mystery Novel

North Regional Broward Community College Library

1100 Coconut Creek Blvd., Coconut Creek


March 29 at 1pm

The Maltese Falcon Movie Screening

North Lauderdale Saraniero Branch

6901 Kimberly Blvd., North Lauderdale


March 29 at 1pm

The Maltese Flacon Movie Screening and Discussion

Deerfield Beach Percy White Library

837 E. Hillsboro Blvd., Deerfield Beach


March 29 at 7pm

The Maltese Flacon FREE Movie Screening and Discussion

Cinema Paradiso

503 SE 6th Street


The first 50 people arrive at Cinema Paradiso for this special screening will receive a free copy of The Maltese Flacon.

April 1st at 1pm

The Maltese Falcon and the Evolution of the Mystery Novel

Century Plaza Branch

1856 A W. Hillsboro Blvd., Deerfield Beach


The Big Read is an initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts, in partnership with the Institute of Museum and Library Services and in cooperation with Arts Midwest, designed to restore reading to the center of American culture. The Big Read is presented locally by the following partners: Florida Center for the Book, Broward County Library, Broward Public Library Foundation, the Writers Network of South Florida and the Mystery Writers of America – South Florida Chapter.
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