The Big Read returns to south-central Kansas in 2014 with book discussions and special events in celebration of "The Maltese Falcon" by Dashiell Hammett.
Follow Detective Sam Spade as he becomes embroiled with a mysterious client, avenges the death of his partner, and chases a priceless treasure in this classic American private-eye novel.
Titles for young readers wishing to participate are also available.
Wichita is one of the nation's longest-running Big Read programs and joins only 77 communities that will host a Big Read in 2014-15. Community partners from across the region make this effort possible.
The Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts managed by Arts Midwest and designed to revitalize the role of literature in American culture and bring the transformative power of literature into the lives of citizens. The Big Read brings together partners across the country to encourage citizens to read for pleasure and enlightenment.