The Big Read - Wichita: October 1 - November 15, 2014 | The Maltese Falcon
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More Big Read Wichita events are being scheduled each week. Don't forget to check back regularly in order to keep up to date about all of this year's planned activities!

FEATURED EVENT: The Maltese Falcon Pre-Party
Start the Big Read Wichita off right with book giveaways, jazz music, reader's theatre, trivia, refreshments, vintage automobiles and more.
Saturday, Sept. 20, 2 - 3:30 p.m., Wichita Art Museum, 1400 West Museum Boulevard

Book Discussion: The Maltese Falcon Reading Challenge - Part 1
Take this opportunity to delve deeply into the 2014 Big Read Wichita selection. This four-part program will explore the life of the author, the time period and genre of the novel while discussing the book in small doses.

Tuesday, Sept. 23, 6:30 - 7:30 p.m., Alford Branch Library, 3447 S. Meridian

Cocktails and Crime
Celebrate The Maltese Falcon with Watermark Books, ‘30s style! We’ll have period music, drinks and hors d’oeuvres , plus a ‘30s costume contest judged by Jami Frazier Tracy, curator of collections at the Wichita-Sedgwick County Historical Museum. We’re channeling our favorite hard-boiled detective Sam Spade, so come join in the fun!
Friday, Sept. 26, 6 – 8 p.m., Watermark Books & Café, 4701 E. Douglas

Geocaching 101
Geocaching is a worldwide game of hiding and seeking a treasure, called a “cache,” using a Global Positioning System (GPS) device.  All you need to participate is a GPS receiver or a Smartphone and the Internet. Join us to learn more about the various types of caches and how to get started, presented by the Wichita Geocaching Society as part of the Big Read.  Following the session, interested participants will be guided on a hunt for their first cache!
Tuesday, Sept. 30, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m., Westlink Branch Library, 8515 W. Bekemeyer

Book Discussion: The Maltese Falcon Reading Challenge - Part 2
Take this opportunity to delve deeply into the 2014 Big Read Wichita selection. This four-part program will explore the life of the author, the time period and genre of the novel while discussing the book in small doses.

Tuesday, Sept. 30, 6:30 - 7:30 p.m., Alford Branch Library, 3447 S. Meridian

Falcon Display and Trivia 
Wichita Area Technical College Library will have a display of falcons.  Fun questions will be sent out via email, and first respondents can win chocolate and other prizes.  To join in, email library@watc.edu.
Oct. 1. – Nov. 15, WATC Southside Center, 4501 E 47th St South

Book Discussion: The Maltese Falcon 
This is a regularly scheduled meeting of the Evergreen Branch Library's Thursday evening book discussion group.
 
Thursday, Oct. 2, 6:30 - 7:30 p.m., Evergreen Branch Library, 2601 N. Arkansas

Mystery Dinner Theater: The Maltese Duck, or Who's Got the Bill?
Tickets are $20 per person and $30 per couple. Prizes will be given to those who correctly guess the culprit. Limit 85 attendees per night. Call 316- 524-5242 for more information.
Friday and Saturday, Oct. 3 and 4, 6:30 p.m., Haysville Community Library, 210 S. Hays

FEATURED EVENT: American Crime Fiction
Big Read Wichita's Honorary Program Chair Gaylord Dold is the author of twenty works of fiction including the highly acclaimed private detective series featuring Mitch Roberts, as well as numerous contemporary crime thrillers. Many of his novels have been singled out for awards and praise by a number of critics and writer's organizations. In this presentation, Mr. Dold will shed light on the history and stylings of the crime fiction genre.
Sunday, Oct. 5, 2:30 - 3:30 p.m., Central Library, 223 S. Main

Book Discussion: The Maltese Falcon Reading Challenge - Part 3
Take this opportunity to delve deeply into the 2014 Big Read Wichita selection. This four-part program will explore the life of the author, the time period and genre of the novel while discussing the book in small doses.

Tuesday, Oct. 7, 6:30 - 7:30 p.m., Alford Branch Library, 3447 S. Meridian

The Maltese Falcon (1941)
A film noir classic directed by John Huston.  Humphrey Bogart stars as Sam Spade, a private investigator with a suspicious nature and a keen eye for detail.  When Brigid O’Shaughnessy hires Sam to follow a man named Thursby, the P.I. is drawn into a complex web of crime including murder, theft, and deception.  
Monday, Oct. 6, 6 – 7:45 p.m., Evergreen Branch Library, 2601 N. Arkansas


Great Gumshoes and Gritty Dames
Hard-boiled mysteries usually have three elements: a tough guy, a mystery and a dame. Join us for a discussion of "The Maltese Falcon" with a special eye toward the ladies of mystery. Refreshments will be served.
Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2 - 3 p.m., Central Library, 223 S. Main

Senior Wednesday: The Fascinating World of Colored Gemstones
Gemologist Kathy Delker will discuss where precious stones come from, what makes them valuable, and how they are cut, sold and exchanged throughout the world. Offered as part of the Library's Senior Wednesday series.

Wednesday, Oct. 8, 1:30 - 2:30 p.m., Central Library, 223 S. Main

Big Read Film Noir: Double Indemnity (1944, 107 minutes)
Join us for the classics of film noir, gritty detective fiction with the dark edge. Screenings held weekly, Oct. 11 through Nov. 1.
Saturday, Oct. 11, 2 - 4 p.m., Central Library, 223 S. Main

Book Discussion: The Maltese Falcon Reading Challenge - Part 4
Take this opportunity to delve deeply into the 2014 Big Read Wichita selection. This four part program will explore the life of the author, the time period and genre of the novel while discussing the book in small doses.
Tuesday, Oct. 14, 6:30 - 7:30 p.m., Alford Branch Library, 3447 S. Meridian

Bogart & Hammett
Watch the movie and join the discussion of The Maltese Falcon from book to film led by Ami Regier Ph.D. Professor of Literary Studies, Bethel College
Wednesday, Oct. 15, 6 p.m., Newton Public Library, 720 N Oak, Newton, KS

FEATURED EVENT: The Maltese Falcon in Film
Join us as we screen three films based on Dashiell Hammett's novel "The Maltese Falcon." Learn more about what makes each one unique with commentary that highlights what to look for in each film and better understand how each film differs from the others in the series.
*"The Maltese Falcon" (1931 with Richardo Cortez, 80 minutes) - 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
*"Satan Met a Lady" (1936 with Bette Davis, 74 minutes) - 1:00 - 2:30 p.m.
*"The Maltese Falcon" (1941 with Humphrey Bogart, 101 minutes) - 3:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Friday, Oct. 17, 10:30 a.m. - 5 p.m., Central Library, 223 S. Main

Book Discussion: The Maltese Falcon
This is a regularly scheduled meeting of the McConnell AFB Library's Pageturners book club.

Friday, Oct. 17, 6:30 - 9:30 p.m., McConnell AFB Library, McConnell AFB

Big Read Film Noir: This Gun for Hire (1942, 81 minutes)
Join us for the classics of film noir, gritty detective fiction with the dark edge. Screenings held weekly, Oct. 11 through Nov. 1.
Saturday, Oct. 18, 2 - 4 p.m., Central Library, 223 S. Main

Book Discussion: The Maltese Falcon
This is a regularly scheduled meeting of the Westlink Branch Library's book discussion group.

Tuesday, Oct. 21, 1 - 2 p.m.,  Westlink Branch Library, 8515 Bekemeyer

Book Discussion of "The Maltese Falcon"
Come join a fun-loving bunch of book lovers as we enthusiastically discuss this year's Big Read book selection "The Maltese Falcon."  Our discussion will be guided by Mrs. Sylvia Epp, Whitewater area resident and South-Central Kansas Regional Library System Representative from Butler County, Kansas.  For more information and directions to the library, call 316-799-2471.  All are welcome!
Tuesday, October 21, 2014 7:00 - 8:30 PM Whitewater Memorial Library, 118 E. Topeka, Whitewater, KS 67154

Book Discussion: The Maltese Falcon
This is a regularly scheduled meeting of the Alford Branch Library's Masters of Mystery book discussion group.

Wednesday, Oct. 22, 5 - 6 p.m., Alford Branch Library, 3447 S. Meridian

Writer's Workshop: Crime Fiction with Gaylord Dold -- Session 1, Background & Getting Started 
Attention Writers! Author Gaylord Dold will lead participants through a three-part workshop on crafting crime fiction. This first session will focus upon what it takes to be a writer, reading and writing as training, distinguishing good writing from bad and writing a good paragraph. Open to those ages 16 and older with an interest in creative writing. PARTICIPATION BY APPLICATION. 
 Complete and submit this application form in order to be considered for a space in this special class. Contact the Library at 261-8500 for more information.
Wednesday, Oct. 22, 6:15 - 7:45 p.m., Central Library, 223 S. Main

Book Discussion: Beyond the Falcon 
Did you know that "The Thin Man" was penned by Dashiell Hammett? Participants will discuss "The Maltese Falcon" and other titles by Hammett to compare and contrast the styles of the books. Refreshments will be served.
Wednesday, Oct. 22, 6:30 - 7:30 p.m., Rockwell Branch Library, 5939 E. 9th

Hats of the ‘30s and ‘40s
In The Golden Era, the fashionably dressed man or woman always wore a hat. Whether fedora or brimless with a veil, hats provided the style and sophistication to fit any occasion. Join us as “Hatman Jack” Kellogg shares this most important accessory from The Maltese Falcon era.
Thursday, Oct. 23, 6:30 - 7:30 p.m., Central Library, 223 S. Main

Book and FIlm Discussion: The Maltese Falcon (1941 film version)
Which is better - the book or the movie? Read the book, watch the movie then decide during a short discussion. Refreshments will be served. 
Thursday, Oct. 23, 6:30 – 8 p.m., Valley Center Public Library, 321 W. 1st, Valley Center

Big Read Film Noir: The Postman Always Rings Twice (1946, 113 minutes)
Join us for the classics of film noir, gritty detective fiction with the dark edge. Screenings held weekly, Oct. 11 through Nov. 1.
Saturday, Oct. 25, 2 - 4 p.m., Central Library, 223 S. Main

Who done it?
A book discussion of The Maltese Falcon led by Daniel Eells
Monday, Oct. Oct 27,  7 p.m., Newton Public Library, 720 N Oak, Newton, KS

Writer's Workshop: Crime Fiction with Gaylord Dold -- Session 2, Building a Novel
Attention Writers! Author Gaylord Dold will lead participants through a three-part workshop on crafting crime fiction. This second session will cover writing another good paragraph as well as discussions of mood, character, dialogue, forms and plots. Open to those ages 16 and older with an interest in creative writing. PARTICIPATION BY APPLICATION.
Complete and submit this application form in order to be considered for a space in this special class. Contact the Library at 261-8500 for more information.
Wednesday, Oct. 29, 6:15 - 7:45 p.m., Central Library, 223 S. Main

Movie Night- Derby Public Library
The Maltese Falcon (1941)
Thursday, Oct. 30, 6 p.m., Community Room, 1600 E Walnut Grove Rd., Derby

Forensics Day at Exploration Place
Venture to Exploration Place for a day of hands-on activities! Learn the connection between modern day crime-solving techniques and those used in The Maltese Falcon era. Admission fee.
Saturday, Nov. 1, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., Exploration Place, 300 N McLean Blvd.

Big Read Film Noir: The Big Sleep (1946, 118 minutes)
Join us for the classics of film noir, gritty detective fiction with the dark edge. Screenings held weekly, Oct. 11 through Nov. 1.
Saturday, Nov. 1, 2 - 4 p.m., Central Library, 223 S. Main

Write or Wrong
A comparison of Detective Fiction and real life Detectives presented by Laura Workman Eells, Ph.D Associate Professor of Sociology, McPherson College and Michael A. Eells Supervising Enforcement Agent, Alcohol Beverage Control/Kansas Department of Revenue
Monday, Nov. 3, 7 p.m., Newton Public Library, 720 N Oak, Newton, KS

Book Discussion: The Maltese Falcon
This is a regularly scheduled meeting of the Evergreen Branch Library's Tuesday book discussion group.
Tuesday, Nov. 4, 1 -2 p.m., Evergreen Branch Library, 2601 N. Arkansas

 

Writer's Workshop: Crime Fiction with Gaylord Dold -- Session 3, Practicalities of the Business
Attention Writers! Author Gaylord Dold will lead participants through a three-part workshop on crafting crime fiction. This third session will discuss agents, contracts and publications. Open to those ages 16 and older with an interest in creative writing. PARTICIPATION BY APPLICATION. Complete and submit this application form in order to be considered for a space in this special class. Contact the Library at 261-8500 for more information.
Wednesday, Nov. 5, 6:15 - 7:45 p.m., Central Library, 223 S. Main

 

Pajama Detectives
What could possibly make solving a great mystery even better? Solving it in your pajamas of course! Come dressed in your favorite crime solving pajamas and help us solve the mystery. We will be using all of the best detective tools: a flashlight, a magnifying glass and a note pad as well as your super powers of observation to solve the mystery. Are you up to challenge? For ages 5-8.
 
Thursday, Nov. 6, 6:30 - 7:30 p.m., Central Library, 223 S. Main

 

The Maltese Falcon Music Tasting
Join the staff of Wichita Public Radio for The Maltese Falcon Music Tasting, in association with The Big Read. The themed evening event at The Lux downtown includes a presentation with three exciting speakers. Dr. Robin Henry, associate professor of history at Wichita State University, will discuss the book, Nick Pope, programming director at Tallgrass Film Festival, will present on the films, and Geoffrey Deibel, director of jazz studies at WSU, will give a taste of music of the era. But the evening includes more than entertaining education. Come dressed in clothing of the time, have a drink and snacks from Larkspur, nibble on chocolates from Cero’s, and dance. There might even be a hidden falcon in the room for you to find with the help of clues distributed at the event as well as beforehand, online, on the air, and at the screenings of the Maltese Falcon films during the Tallgrass Film Festival. Tickets are $20 at the door, or $15 in advance.
Thursday, November 6, 7:30 p.m., Candela at The Lux, 120 E 1st St

 

Book Discussion: The Maltese Falcon
This is a regularly scheduled meeting of the Orchard Park Branch Library's monthly book discussion group. The conversation will begin at 2:15 p.m.

Friday, Nov. 7, 2 - 3:30 p.m., Orchard Park Branch Library, 4808 W. 9th

 

Interactive Museum Presentation of the Wonderly World of The Maltese Falcon

Browse sixteen student exhibits on topics related to this mysterious story. Come and go. Refreshments provided. Free event.
Thursday, November 6, 7 – 8:30 p.m., Goddard High School

 

Murder at the Museum: Hit in the Juice Joint
The Prohibition Era is in full swing and a local museum is now home to the mob’s favorite speakeasy. With the bootleg flowing, a guest decides to make use of one of the museum’s historical weapons. Will the murderer be found out or will the unavenged soul of the deceased haunt the speakeasy forever? Costumes are encouraged.
Admission $25 for Museum members, $30 for non-members and includes a mystery role, hors d'oeuvres, cash bar and access to museum exhibits and gift shop. All participating adults must be 21 or older.

 

Children’s detective program is available for kids with parents at the Murder Mystery. Program is available for $10 per child. RSVP by phone at 263.1311 by Oct. 31st to reserve a mystery role and spots in the children’s program. Walk-ins are welcome, but roles aren’t guaranteed. For more information, visit http://www.worldtreasures.org/.

Friday, Nov. 7,  7 p.m., The Museum of World Treasures, 835 E. 1st St.

 

FEATURED EVENT: Falcon Day Finale
Join us for an afternoon of festivities celebrating all things Falcon. Master falconer Vanessa Avara will be on hand to share information about the handling of falcons. The Wichita Chapter of the Horseless Carriage Club will have on display several 1920’s vintage cars. The club’s annual meeting is held at the GPNC. Jazz music by Roberto Bernardinelli will set the mood.
Saturday, Nov. 8, 2 - 3:30 p.m., Great Plains Nature Center, 6232 E. 29th St. North

 

Birds of Prey

The Maltese Falcon could not fly, but these live birds can. Learn more about real birds of prey. For children ages 4-17.
Monday, Nov. 10, 2:30 - 3:30 p.m., Alford Branch Library, 3447 S. Meridian

 

Movie Night- Derby Public Library
The Maltese Falcon (1941)
Monday, Nov. 10, 6 p.m., Community Room, 1600 E Walnut Grove Rd., Derby

 

Senior Wednesday: A Brief History of the Knights of Malta and the Maltese Falcon
This program will present a brief history of the Knights of Malta-- from their 11th-century Crusader origin, their rule of Rhodes in the 14th and 15th centuries, and their reestablishment in Malta in the 16th century.  The program will explain the connection between the Knights and the Maltese Falcon based on their relationship with the Emperor Charles V.  The story of the Knights’ military victory against the Turks is one of the great military battles in history.  The Knights’ reigned over Malta for more than 200 years, until their defeat by Napoleon in 1798. And in the 200 years after, they struggled to adapt while still trying to remain true to their core humanitarian mission.  Finally, the presentation will comment on the ongoing fascination with the Knights of Malta epitomized in Dashiell Hammett’s The Maltese Falcon and the 1941 film based on his novel.
Wednesday, Nov. 12, 1:30-2:30 p.m., Central Library, 223 S. Main

 

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