Julie Rivett Reveals the History Behind The Maltese Falcon

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Dashiell Hammett’s personal inspiration for the classic mystery The Maltese Falcon, as well as its central character, Sam Spade, will be revealed by Hammett’s granddaughter, Julie Rivett at an author’s event, Saturday, October 18, 2 p.m. at the Long Beach Main Library Auditorium, 101 Pacific Ave., Long Beach.

A screening of the 1941 classic film, The Maltese Falcon will begin at noon.

Ms. Rivett shares family anecdotes, integrated with Hammett’s private and public writings. She has edited four books about her celebrated grandfather, including: Selected Letter of Dashiell Hammett: 1921- 1961; Dashiell Hammett: A Daughter Remembers; Return of the Thin Man; and the Hunter and Other Stories. Rivett curates Hammett and Falcon exhibits and lectures throughout the U.S. on her grandfather and the Maltese Falcon.

A Cal State Long Beach graduate, she is dedicated to preserving and illuminating her grandfather’s literary legacy. The free event is sponsored by Friends of the Long Beach Library, a volunteer group that advocates for a vital and healthy Long Beach library network that supports author forums, library preservation, and a lifelong love of reading.

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