Mark your Calendar
for Saturday, February 11th
KCHU is hosting a Maltese Falcon-themed Dance Party
We’ll have Deejay Chris Wiles playing dance music, vintage, current and combinations, with a Sam Spade, 1929, Noir Mystery, kind of theme. We’ll have live music from The Moon Doggies! You can come in costume if you want, but nothing’s required other than having a good time. Some ‘props’ will be available to purchase while they last. All ages welcome. Admission is $10.00 a head, $30.00 for families with children under twelve. Doors open at 6:30. There will be copies of The Maltese Falcon, The Malted Falcon a Chet Gecko Mystery and Ace Lacewing; Bug Detective available at no charge and copies of the hardcover edition of Nathan Ward’s The Lost Detective; Becoming Dashiell Hammett at half the cover price to defray the cost of purchase. Other proceeds benefit KCHU.
Follow this Link to listen to the Broadcast
Don’t know anything about The Maltese Falcon? Check out the Big Read Readers Guide here Excerpts of the book are read by NPR’s own Scott Simon. Warning, the Reader’s Guide contains adult content and language.
Have you picked up your free copy of the book yet? Scroll down to find out where. We have a limited number of alternative selections for younger readers.
Speech and Panel Discussion Saturday, January 28th, 2:00 pm
Valdez Consortium Library, downstairs,
Author Nathan Ward will talk about his Edgar-nominated book, The Lost Detective, Becoming Dashiell Hammett then join our panel to discuss The Maltese Falcon via OWL. Copies of all books featured in this year’s Big Read will be available, including The Lost Detective. If you live outside Valdez, check with your library to see if they are video-conferencing this event.
Excerpt from the book jacket:
The story of how Dashiell Hammett transformed himself from Pinkerton detective to author of the most iconic detective novels of the twentieth century. Dashiell Hammett’s life on center stage is well known. But before he became a household name as America’s greatest hard-boiled crime writer, before the years of celebrity and McCarthy-era blacklisting…Hammett led a life of action.
Nathan Ward is also the author of Dark Harbor: The War for the New York Waterfront. He was an editor at American Heritage and has written for the New York Times and other publications. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.
A COUPLE DOZEN PEOPLE HAD A REALLY GOOD TIME AT THE JOINT MUSEUMS SCAVENGER HUNT ON SATURDAY 10/15. DON’T MISS OUT ON BIG READ EVENTS. CHECK THE SCHEDULE OR FOLLOW THE BIG READ PAGE ON FACEBOOK
During the months of September and October, the Wrangell Mountains Center is hosting a series of blog posts about raptors in partnership with the NEA and Copper River Valley’s Big Read. (Link to blog)
BOOK DISTRIBUTION IS UNDERWAY. YOU CAN PICK UP A FREE COPY OF THE MALTESE FALCON AT KCHU, VALDEZ CONSORTIUM LIBRARY, CORDOVA PUBLIC LIBRARY, COPPER VALLEY COMMUNITY LIBRARY. or contact Sue at firstname.lastname@example.org
What is the Big Read?
The partners were Awarded a grant to bring Dashiell Hammett’s The Maltese Falcon and two related children’s books, The Malted Falcon; A Chet Gecko Mystery and Ace Lacewing; Bug Detective to Valdez, Cordova, Copper Center, Glennallen and Tatitlek through the NEA Big Read. Although many have seen the movie starring Humphrey Bogart and Mary Astor, Peter Lorre and Sidney Greenstreet, fewer have read the book. So join us in reading this classic story. Book distribution begins September 7th during our Big Read kick-off Coffee Break. Broadcast from KCHU’s studios beginning on Monday, November 7th, will be presented by a group of talented readers from Prince William Sound College. There are lots of events lined up, book clubs, speakers and more. Check out the ones that are already posted on KCHU’s Big Read page
The Big Read answers a big need. Reading at Risk: A Survey of Literary Reading in America, a 2004 report by the National Endowment for the Arts, found that not only is literary reading in America declining rapidly among all groups, but that the rate of decline has accelerated, especially among the young.
The Big Read aims to address this crisis squarely and effectively. It provides citizens with the opportunity to read and discuss a single book within their communities. The Big Read supports organizations across the country in developing community-wide reading programs which encourage reading and participation by diverse audiences.
The BIG READ is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest. For a complete list of events visit http://neabigread.org/communities/?community_id=2210