About The Book

Listen to two scholars who love the book and its author, and really know them well.

Tuesday, August 24, 6:00 pm. “Reading The Maltese Falcon“.

Wake Forest University Visiting Professor Tim Galow will guide us through the themes, characters and literary significance of Dashiell Hammett’s landmark detective novel. This program is perfect for book clubbers, especially book club leaders, who want some clues to help prepare for lively discussion.
Winston-Salem State University Language Arts Center
Hauser Building, Room 103
For information, phone 703-3022.

Tuesday, September 21, 7:00 pm. Discovering The Maltese Falcon and the Man Who Wrote It

Richard Layman, Dashiell Hammett scholar and author, presents our keynote address in the Central Library auditorium.

Find a Great Reader’s Guide

Be on the lookout and pick up a copy of our The Maltese Falcon reader’s Resource Guide at your local branch library.  Our library staff has done a great job with this guide and its a good introduction to the book, its major characters and themes, Hammett’s world in historical context, our programming, and further reading.

In 2008 and 2009, On The Same Page partnered with The Big Read, a national community read program sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities. Our readings of Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451 and Zora Neale Hurston’s Their Eyes Were Watching God were illuminated and deepened by the resources The Big Read made available to us. While we’re not partnering with The Big Read this year, they have graciously allowed us to use the support of their online resources on Hammett’s The Maltese Falcon, including their excellent Reader’s Guide. To learn more about Hammett and The Maltese Falcon, visit their web site.

Enjoy some of the wide-ranging and amazing resources out the on the Web. Here are just some treasures to explore.


PBS’s American Masters biographical piece on Dashiell Hammett.

Four pieces in January Magazine from 2005 as a 75th anniversary tribute to Hammett and The Maltese Falcon.
J. Kingston Pierce, Let’s Talk About the Black Bird.
Richard Layman, There’s Only One Maltese Falcon.
Kevin Burton Smith, It’s Hammett, Damn It!
Various authors, Guns, Gams and Gratitude.

What do YOU want to know about the Maltese Falcon? Hey, we’re the library, we can find the answer. Ask us below in the reply box. Even better, if you have a good source of information on Dashiell Hammett or The Maltese Falcon, share it with us!

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