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Check out the calendar of events for the 2009 Big Read

The Big Read is an initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with the Institute of Museum and Library Services designed to revitalize the role of literature in American culture and bring the transformative power of literature into the lives of its citizens.

The Big Read brings together partners across the country to encourage citizens to read for pleasure and enlightenment.” To learn more about The Big Read, visit www.NEABigRead.org.

The Big Read is a time to share a favorite or important book, to explore ideas, themes and topics of local interest as a community. We invite our community to read a book together and experience a number of book related events and activities in the Treasure Valley and other Idaho locations.

The Big Read selection for 2009 is THE MALTESE FALCON by Dashiell Hammett.

CALENDAR OF EVENTS:

Most events are free to the public - some offered with special Big Read prices. The Cabin will have “Read and Release” packets of The Maltese Falcon available at most events. Event attendees will have a chance to enter a drawing to win a bookstore gift certificate.

January 13

Kick-off media event 10:00 AM The Egyptian Theatre. Mayor David Bieter formally opens The Big Read and the falcon disappears!

January 20

Legislative Day at The Capitol Annex. The Idaho Library Association presents legislators with a copy of The Maltese Falcon and materials.

February 1-14

Ada Community Library – Main Library, 10664 W. Victory Rd Special display of pulp fiction and early crime comics (including The Maltese Falcon).

February 3, 2009

CSI Boise - Forensics and the Ada County Sheriff’s Office 7:00 PMLocation: Boise Public Library - Hillcrest Branch, 5246 W Overland RdAda County detectives present information on local cases and crime scene processes.

February 4, 2009

The Thin Man Film Screening 5:30 PMLocation: The Overland Park Cinema, 7051 W. Overland RdFree screening of the Thin Man, the first of Dashiell Hammett’s popular series of books about former private detective, Nick Charles (William Powell), and his clever young wife, Nora (Myrna Loy). A reception with light refreshments and Thin Man discussion follows next door at Rediscovered Books.

February 9, 2009

Family Mystery Day Featuring Chet Gecko 4:00 PMLocation: Meridian Library, 1326 W. Cherry LnFamily mystery fun with various activities, a brief reading from The Malted Falcon: from the tattered casebook of Chet Gecko, private eye by Bruce Hale and, of course, a visit from Chet Gecko himself.

February 10, 2009

Family Mystery Night Featuring Chet Gecko 6:00 PMLocation: Boise Public Library - Collister Branch, 4724 W State St Family mystery fun with various activities, a brief reading from The Malted Falcon: from the tattered casebook of Chet Gecko, private eye by Bruce Hale and, of course, a visit from Chet Gecko himself.

February 11, 2009

Family Mystery Night Featuring Chet Gecko 6:00 PMLocation: Hidden Springs Branch of Ada Community Library, 5849 W. Hidden Springs DrFamily mystery fun with various activities, a brief reading from The Malted Falcon: from the tattered casebook of Chet Gecko, private eye by Bruce Hale and, of course, a visit from Chet Gecko himself.

February 14, 2009

Family Mystery Day Featuring Chet Gecko 2:00 PMLocation: Boise Public Library – Main Library, 715 S. Capitol BlvdFamily mystery fun with various activities, a brief reading from The Malted Falcon: from the tattered casebook of Chet Gecko, private eye by Bruce Hale, and, of course, a visit from Chet Gecko himself.

February 17, 2009

City Club of Boise 12:00 PMLocation: The Grove Hotel, 245 S. Capitol BlvdDon Herron presents "Shadowing Dashiell Hammett and Sam Spade.” Don has brought Hammett’s 1920s San Francisco to life via tours and books for thirty years. Don will be joined by local mystery author, Joanne Pence. Sponsored by the Idaho Humanities Council; rebroadcast on Boise State Radio.

Don Herron 7:00 PMLocation: Boise Public Library – Main Library, 715 S. Capitol BlvdMr. Herron follows his earlier presentation with “Thirty Years on Hammett’s Mean Streets.”Also - The Cabin will be on hand for “What’s Your Big Read?” asking for a 15 second video description of your latest big read to share via our website.

February 18, 2009

Family Mystery Day Featuring Chet Gecko 4:00 PMLocation: Star Branch of Ada Community Library, 10706 W. State StFamily mystery fun with various activities, a brief reading from The Malted Falcon: from the tattered casebook of Chet Gecko, private eye by Bruce Hale, and, of course, a visit from Chet Gecko himself.

February 19, 2009

Family Mystery Night Featuring Chet Gecko 7:00 PMLocation: Ada Community Library – Main Library, 10664 W. Victory RdFamily mystery fun with various activities, a brief reading from The Malted Falcon: from the tattered casebook of Chet Gecko, private eye by Bruce Hale and, of course, a visit from Chet Gecko himself.

February 25, 2009

Discovering and Discussing The Maltese Falcon 7:00 PM Location: Boise Public Library – Main Library, 715 S. Capitol BlvdRichard Layman, author of six books on Dashiell Hammett and two time nominee for an Edgar Award by the Mystery Writers of America for editing “Selected Letters of Dashiell Hammett, 1921-1960” and "Discovering The Maltese Falcon and Sam Spade," will present fascinating facts about The Maltese Falcon sure to spark a lively facilitated discussion to follow.

February 28, 2009

Falcon Day 12:00-3:00 PMLocation: World Center for Birds of Prey 5666 W Flying Hawk LnWe’re celebrating falcons at the World Center with a reception, archives tours, and live bird demonstrations (inside/outside weather dependent). Also - The Cabin will be on hand for “What’s Your Big Read?” asking for a 15 second video description of your latest big read to share via our website. Special Big Read entrance fees all day: $5 Adults/$4 Seniors/$3 Children, activities 12-3 PM

March 1, 2009

The Maltese Falcon Film Screenings 2:00 PM and 5:00 PMLocation: The Egyptian Theatre, 700 W. Main StExperience director John Huston’s faithful adaptation of Hammett’s novel on the big screen at Big Read pricing of $5 either show. Humphrey Bogart leads a first rate cast in a film not to be missed.

March 5, 2009

Speakeasy Night at the Falcon Tavern 8:00 PMLocation: The Falcon Tavern, 780 W. Idaho St1930s music, costume contest w/prizes (dress as a Maltese Falcon character or simply in period), light appetizers, and a Maltese Falcon drink menu at special Big Read prices.

March 6, 2009

Coppers and Hoods: a Costume Mystery Party for Teens 4-5:30 PMLocation: Ada Community Library, 10664 W. Victory RdTeens grades 7-12 come in costume and get immersed in the era of the Maltese Falcon with slang, music and a mystery to solve.

March 10, 2009

Joanne Klein "Women of Mystery: Authors of British Detective Fiction from the 1880s to the Present" 7:00 PMLocation: The Cabin, 801 S. Capitol BlvdWe acknowledge Women’s History Month with a presentation on female mystery writers. Sponsored by the Idaho Humanities Council. The Cabin will be on hand for “What’s Your Big Read?” asking for a 15 second description of your latest big read on video to share via our website.

March 13, 2009

Night Stalkers: Detective Stories from the Old Idaho Penitentiary 7:00 p.m.Location: Old Idaho Penitentiary, 2445 Old Penitentiary RdRelive the thrilling detective hunt for Idaho’s most infamous criminals behind the prison walls.Special Big Read pricing of $10 pp; limited to 20 participants. Purchase tickets at the Old Penitentiary or call Erika or Amber at 334-2844.

March 15, 2009

The Ides of March 1:00 PM Location: The Cabin, 801 S. Capitol BlvdA panel of speakers will introduce The Maltese Falcon and Dashiell Hammett’s work to the Treasure Valley Book Discussion groups.

March 16, 2009

Killing English: How Dashiell Hammett Transformed Mystery Story Language 7:00 PMLocation: Ada Community Library, 10664 W. Victory RdHammett’s fictional characters utilized language ranging from urban criminal lingo of the 1920s to lyrical poetic, and none of his characters so exemplified this linguistic richness as much as those in The Maltese Falcon. Referencing novel and film, author and music critic Norm Weinstein leads an exploration of Hammett’s impact on language of American detective tales, introducing a new sense of humor and shock into American English.

March 20, 2009

The Falcon is Found Party at Ada After Hours 7:00 PM Location: Ada Community Library, 10664 W. Victory RdCelebrate as we close The Maltese Falcon case and enjoy Big Band sound as the JB Duo featuring Sue Geipel plays tunes from the turn of the last century through the 1940s. The Big Read is an initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with the Institute of Museum and Library Services and Arts Midwest. In the Pacific Northwest, The Big Read is supported, in part, by a grant from the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation.

Idaho Library Book Discussions

Hammett and The Maltese Falcon offers classic mystery enjoyment while it explores themes of moral code, street smarts, the “femme fatale,” obsession, time and place. Great newspaperman Damon Runyon noted “A Hammett detective was “hardboiled”: fundamentally a good egg, but far from soft.” Hammett’s crisp style and vivid slang created a gritty, street-level realism that registers strongly with the public. Lively discussions of both themes and language are expected.

January 14, 2009

6:00 PM – Hidden Springs Branch of Ada Community Library

January 22, 2009

12:00 PM – Sandpoint Library of East Bonner Library District January 27, 2009

1:00 PM -- Cascade Public Library January 29, 2009

2:00 PM – Caldwell Public Library7:00 PM – Caldwell Public Library February 5, 2009

6:30 PM – Garden City Public Library

February 7, 2009

10:30 AM – Ada Community Library February 12, 2009

7:00 PM – Boise Public Library - Collister Branch February 19, 2009

7:00 PM – Hailey Public Library7:00 PM – Boise Public Library – Hillcrest Branch March 4, 2009

7:00 PM – Meadows Valley Public Library

March 5, 2009

7:00 PM -- Middleton Civic Center (Middleton Public Library)

March 6, 2009

7:00 PM - Mountain Home Public Library March 10, 2009

7:00 PM – Lewiston City Library7:00 PM – Twin Falls Public Library March 11, 2009

6:30 PM – Meridian Library

March 12, 2009

10:30 AM – Star Branch of Ada Community Library

March 19, 2009

6:00 PM – Community Library - Ketchum

March 20, 2009

6:30 PM - Mountain Home Air Force Base

Library discussions to be scheduled: Burley, Jerome, and Soda Springs

Participating high schools: Boise, Capital, Centennial, Gooding, Timberline

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