Tuesday, August 24th, 6:00 pm Reading The Maltese Falcon
Book discussions are the heart of On The Same Page. To get us all thinking about the book, Professor Tim Galow from Wake Forest University’s English Department is going to jump start our program with Reading The Maltese Falcon.
OTSP asks (because we always want to know): Professor Galow, why are we still searching for this Falcon after all this time? What makes The Maltese Falcon a great pick for book discussion?
Tim Galow: “I think The Maltese Falcon is a good choice for a book club because it has all of the excitement of the genre, but is in some ways very different from a mystery by, say, Agatha Christie or Arthur Conan Doyle. And Sam Spade is a different kind of detective. He is a man from the era of Babe Ruth and Ernest Hemingway. So it is a book that is not just a part of American culture, but one that really speaks to American beliefs and attitudes. In short, it’s a great read that also allows us to think more generally about a wide range of topics, from detective fiction to masculinity to our own national history. It really opens up possibilities for discussion.”
This session will be an exploration about the Dashiell Hammett”s world, the book’s themes and characters, and its landmark literary significance. If you are a book club leader….if you belong to a book club that will be reading the book…if you are just interested in learning more about the book, and would like to share perspectives with Professor Galow and the rest of us, PLEASE JOIN US! This should be fun.
And thank you to Tim Galow for helping us out and joining the discussion! Professor Galow specializes in 20th century literature and contemporary media studies. Much of his work explores the role of literature in modern American culture. His new book, Writing Celebrity (upcoming from Palgrave, 2011), examines how celebrity media transformed the profession of authorship in the early twentieth century United States.
Winston-Salem State University Language Arts Center
Hauser Building, Room 103
For information, phone 703-3022.
Check out of list of book discussions throughout the community and join us this season of On The Same Page.