The Big Read 2017

The Big Read

Join our community April 2017 as we read “The Maltese Falcon” by Dashiell Hammett.

The Big Read in the St. Croix Valley is a one book, one community program that brings together residents throughout the St. Croix Valley around a common book. 

Join the community April 2017 as we read the noir classic The Maltese Falcon by Dashiell Hammett.

"I'm one of the few - if there are any more - people moderately literate who take the detective story seriously.  I don't mean that I necessarily take my own or anybody else's seriously - but the detective story as a form. Some day somebody's going to make "literature" of it...and I'm selfish enough to have my hopes."

-Dashiell Hammett in a 1928 letter to Blanche Knopf

Friday Memorial Library will be displaying four sculptures commissioned specifically for The Maltese Falcon Big Read.

The sculptures will be displayed at the library April 10—17.

The pieces include:

  • bronze sculpture by James Shoop
  • fiber sculpture by Barbara Bend
  • blown glass sculpture by Alan Honn
  • piece by a Stillwater prison inmate

Numerous copies of The Maltese Falcon and book club kits can be found in circulation at local libraries throughout the St. Croix Valley.  For a listing of all the Big Read events visit:


The Maltese FalconThe Maltese Falcon, Dashiell Hammett

A treasure worth killing for. Sam Spade, a slightly shopworn private eye with his own solitary code of ethics. A perfumed grafter named Joel Cairo, a fat man named Gutman, and Brigid O'Shaughnessy, a beautiful and treacherous woman whose loyalties shift at the drop of a dime. These are the ingredients for this coolly glittering gem of detective fiction.

Reader's Guide


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Book review forms are available at the library or print your own.

Printable Book Review


Learn more about The Big ReadNEA

The Big Read in the St Croix Valley is part of The Big Read, a program
of National Endowment for the Arts, designed to revitalize the role of
literature in American culture and to encourage citizens to read for
pleasure and enlightenment.