Stillwater Public Library, in partnership with ArtReach St. Croix and the National Endowment for the Arts, is bringing The Big Read to Stillwater in April 2017. The featured title is a perennial favorite: Dashiell Hammett’s 1929 detective classic The Maltese Falcon. Hammet is considered the father of the “hard-boiled” style of detective writing, and The Maltese Falcon is undoubtedly his opus. In conjunction with The Big Read, Club Book is pleased to host a special event featuring Hammett granddaughter and noted scholar Julie Rivett. She has edited five books on her celebrated grandfather’s work, including: Selected Letters of Dashiell Hammett (2001), Dashiell Hammett: A Daughter Remembers (2001), Return of the Thin Man (2012), The Hunter and Other Stories (2013), and The Continental Op: Case Files Complete (2016). Rivett is also a trustee of the Hammett estate, and delivers lectures around the world on Hammett and autobiographical Falcon protagonist Sam Spade.
Club Book is a program of the Metropolitan Library Service Agency (MELSA) and is coordinated by Library Strategies, the nonprofit consulting group of The Friends of the St. Paul Public Library. Club Book works with all eight library systems in the seven-county region to bring bestselling and award-winning authors to audiences in all corners of the Twin Cities metro.
Club Books’s supporters include lead media sponsors, Minnesota Public Radio and MinnPost, for their media support, and lead bookseller, Common Good Books. Thanks also to Club Book’s lodging partner, InterContinental Saint Paul Riverfront, and to Around Town Agency for helping out-of-town authors find their way to the libraries.
And last but not least, you. Your support--from your enthusiastic endorsement of Minnesota’s Legacy Amendment, to your continued attendance at Club Book each season--is a visible and telling marker of our state’s special relationship with the literary arts.