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The Maltese Falcon

Wichita Mayor Carl Brewer proclaimed October 2014 "The Big Read Wichita Month!"
Read the Proclamation.

Thanks, Wichita, for another successful Big Read!

And thanks to everyone who responded to the survey on Activate Wichita. We will use your feedback to craft a grant application for a possible 2015 Big Read program.

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.

This year's program also affords readers the chance to learn more about the art of writing crime fiction. Honorary program chairman Gaylord Dold, author of twenty works of fiction including the highly acclaimed private detective series featuring Mitch Roberts, will lead participants through a three-part workshop on the crafting of crime fiction. This is only one of several special events to be held throughout the program.

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.

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The Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest.

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