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Dashiell Hammett

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...
Actress Mary Astor , here in 1941, became famous for her role as Brigid O'Shaughnessy in John Huston's adaptation of The Maltese Falcon . Photo courtesy of Wikimedia "Oh no she din't." If master crime writer Dashiell Hammett were alive today, he might have written that line about the red-headed...
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,...
Washington, DC Photo of Dashiell Hammett courtesy of Josephine Hammett. Here at The Big Read, it goes without saying that we?re unabashed lit geeks. So you can imagine our excitement when we learned that a previously unpublished story by Dashiell Hammett, author of Big Read novel The Maltese Falcon...
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...
"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...
The black bird's on the move during Rockaway Public Library's Big Read of The Maltese Falcon . Photo courtesy of the library With nearly 30 books to his credit, Walter Mosley may be best known for his 11 mysteries featuring the deceptively-named L.A. detective Ezekiel "Easy" Rawlins. In this...
Washington, DC All photos courtesy of Rockaway Public Library Even Sam Spade might have trouble keeping track of the infamous falcon these days since it has been showing up all over Rockaway Township during Rockaway Public Library's Big Read of The Maltese Falcon . Big Readers of all ages (the...