Private-eye Sam Spade becomes embroiled with a mysterious client, avenges the death of his partner, and chases a priceless treasure in this famed novel by Dashiell Hammett. The Maltese Falcon is a classic detective tale – and simultaneously, a thriller, a love story, and a dark, dry comedy. It’s also a brilliant literary work, deeply observed and morally serious.
Read the book and join in a wide variety of themed activities in Eugene and Springfield, including talks, theatre, live music, films, and book groups. Check the list of Big Read events, sign up for the Library newsletter, connect on Facebook or Twitter, or visit the Library calendar.
You can also explore the novel’s themes and historical context online: listen to a professional podcast, find book group discussion questions, or get a teacher’s guide. And keep reading: check our booklists for recommended Classic Noir and Modern Noir fiction.
The NEA Big Read of The Maltese Falcon is a collaboration of Eugene Public Library, Springfield Public Library, and Oregon Contemporary Theatre, with community partners Eugene School District 4-J, Bethel School District, Springfield Public Schools, Bijou Art Cinemas, Radio Redux, Friends of Eugene Public Library, and Eugene Public Library Foundation.
The NEA Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest, which awarded Eugene Public Library a grant of $15,000 to coordinate the project locally. Eugene Public Library was previously chosen to host Big Reads of Fahrenheit 451 (2012) and The Great Gatsby (2014).