THE BIG READ RETURNS TO WICHITA AREA TO READ, DISCUSS AND CELEBRATE “THE MALTESE FALCON”
The Wichita Public Library will host the seventh annual Big Read Wichita from Oct. 1—Nov. 15, 2014. The Library will lead south-central Kansas in reading and celebrating Dashiell Hammett’s The Maltese Falcon.
A classic American spy novel, The Maltese Falcon was published in 1930 and is part thriller, part love story, and part dry, dark comedy. Events celebrating the novel begin with a pre-party at 2 p.m. on Sept. 20 at the Wichita Art Museum. Other featured events include:
- a lecture on American crime fiction by The Big Read Wichita’s Honorary Program Chair, Gaylord Dold on Oct. 5 at the Central Library;
- a screening of three films based on The Maltese Falcon on Oct. 17 at the Central Library;
- and a Falcon Day Finale at the Great Plains Nature Center on Nov. 8.
In addition, there will be a noir film series, a crime fiction writer’s workshop and many book discussions. Any book club that becomes a partner before Sept. 1 is eligible for free copies of The Maltese Falcon for club members (limit ten copies). Book discussion partnership forms and a full list of events are available on The Big Read Wichita website, www.bigreadwichita.org.
The Big Read Wichita is made possible by many community partners, including a number of south-central Kansas libraries, Exploration Place, Great Plains Nature Center, Wichita Art Museum, and many more. The Library is still recruiting partner organizations for the program. Any organization interested in becoming a partner can download a form from the Big Read website.
The Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts, designed to revitalize the role of reading in American culture by exposing citizens to great works of literature and encouraging them to read for pleasure and enrichment. The Big Read is managed by Arts Midwest. For a full list of events, and more information about The Big Read Wichita, visit www.bigreadwichita.org. or call 261-8500.
The National Endowment for the Arts was established by Congress in 1965 as an independent agency of the federal government. To date, the NEA has awarded more than $4 billion to support artistic excellence, creativity, and innovation for the benefit of individuals and communities. The NEA extends its work through partnerships with state arts agencies, local leaders, other federal agencies, and the philanthropic sector. To join the discussion on how art works, visit the NEA at arts.gov.
Arts Midwest promotes creativity, nurtures cultural leadership, and engages people in meaningful arts experiences, bringing vitality to Midwest communities and enriching people’s lives. Based in Minneapolis, Arts Midwest connects the arts to audiences throughout the nine-state region of Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin. One of six non-profit regional arts organizations in the United States, Arts Midwest’s history spans more than 25 years. For more information, please visit artsmidwest.org.