“You gotta convince me that you know what this is all about, that you aren’t just fiddling around hoping it’ll all… come out right in the end!” – Sam Spade from the 1941 movie The Maltese Falcon
Mary Reynolds- Fisher and her husband Ronny Fisher of Linden dressed up for the Big Read kickoff party at the Hotel Stockton in downtown Stockton. (Camera: NIkon D300. Lens: Nikkor 70-200mm @ 116mm. Exposure: 1/60 sec. @ f/2.8. ISO: 1600)
A few weeks ago, the Stockton-San Joaquin Public Libraries held a kick-off celebration at the Hotel Stockton for its Big Read event in which residents are encouraged to read and discuss a selected book over a month or so. Dozens of activities, themed on that particular book, will be held across the county to foster literacy. This year’s book is Dashiell Hammett’s The Maltese Falcon, also famous for a movie of the same name starring tough guy Humphrey Bogart.
Jim Tarantino of Stockton dressed up for the Maltese Falcon-themed Big Read kickoff party at the Hotel Stockton in downtown Stockton. (Camera: NIkon D300. Lens: Nikkor 70-200mm @ 200mm. Exposure: 1/60 sec. @ f/2.8. ISO: 1000)
At the inaugural event, some people wore 1940s attire to get into the swing of things. Fedoras and feathered boas could be seen. It was just like a scene from the book, except in place of bottles of whiskey, people had bottled water. And instead of a sub nose 38 revolver in their pockets, they had cell phones. And the building was smoke-free, so if anyone wanted a cigarette, they had to step outside. Well, I guess it wasn’t actually like the book, for that experience you’ll have to read it yourself.