‘Maltese Falcon,’ ‘Beautiful North’ events

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Pomona has a ton of events planned for its Big Read community reading program centered on Dashiell Hammett’s “The Maltese Falcon.” Find the calendar of events here.

To single out four of the best: the Oct. 8 kickoff with Hammett’s granddaughter and several mystery writers; the Oct. 22 chance to have your police-style mug shot taken in a fedora or feathered hat; the Oct. 29 appearance by Denise Hamilton, Patt Morrison, Hector Tobar and Gary Phillips; and the Nov. 13 screening of “The Maltese Falcon” at the Fox.

But there’s plenty more, including book discussions, crafts events for kids (make your own falcon!), an appearance by the Police Department’s bloodhound, a classic noir film series and other chances to see the movie.

Meanwhile, Claremont has events surrounding its own reading program, based around “Into the Beautiful North” by Luis Alberto Urrea. You can find a list of those events here.

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  • Robert Karatsu

    I was reading your column and the last time I checked the Rancho Cucamonga Public Library was still in San Bernardino County and we have done a number of “Big Reads” (including “The Maltese Falcon”, which was done a couple of years ago and featured a visit by the author Anne Perry. And we still have your READ poster from this “Big Read” hanging from the ceiling of the Biane Library!)

    In May 2012, we will be featuring the book “Farewell to Manzanar” as part of our next community read. This one is sponsored by the California Council for the Humanities and the Rancho Cucamonga Public Library Foundation.

    More details to follow…

    Robert Karatsu
    Library Director
    Rancho Cucamonga Public Library

    [In my defense, I did note in that column that your library had done Big Reads in the past, and was simply stating that nobody else was currently doing community reads but Pomona and Claremont. Very good news indeed that RC will be doing its own community read! -- DA]