140 Union St, River Falls WI 54022
M-Th 9am-8pm, F 9am-6pm, Sat 10am-4pm, Sun 1-4

Maltese Falcon Radio Play

Dates:  April 29 and May 6 at 7:30 p.m., April 30 and May 7 at 2 p.m.  
Tickets $5 Adults, $3 Seniors and children​

This version was originally broadcast in 1943 as a presentation of the Lux Radio Theatre. Our live re-creation is being produced by the River Falls Community Theatre in association with the River Falls Public Library. Performances will be in the Lower Level of the River Falls Public Library.

Big Read Sculpture Tour

Look for three Maltese Falcon-inspired sculptures inside the RFPL! May 1-15

Author Erika Janik

Monday, May 15 at 6:30PM

Join us in welcoming Erika Janik, author of “Pistols and Petticoats: 175 Years of Lady Detectives in Fact and Fiction,” to the River Falls Public Library. An American Sign Language interpreter will be available at this presentation. 

Erika Janik is a freelance writer and the executive producer of “Wisconsin Life” at Wisconsin Public Radio. She is the author of Marketplace of the Marvelous: The Strange Origins of Modern Medicine, Apple: A Global History, Madison: A History of a Model City, A Short History of Wisconsin, and Odd Wisconsin: Amusing, Perplexing and Unlikely Stories from Wisconsin’s Past.

River Falls Reads

April 2017

During the month of April, everyone is encouraged to read The Maltese Falcon as part of The Big Read in the St. Croix Valley.  ArtReach St. Croix, regional library partners, St. Croix Festival Theatre, Valley Bookseller and other community partners will be hosting a month of book discussions, art events and performances. The Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts.

The Maltese Falcon by Dashiell Hammett, is a brilliant literary work, as well as a thriller, a love story, and a dark, dry comedy.

Free Movie - The Maltese Falcon

Tuesday, May 2 at 7:00pm at the Falls Theatre
105 S Main St, River Falls WI 54022

Free showing of The Maltese Falcon (starting Humphrey Bogart) at the River Falls Theatre. Admission is free, amazing and affordable snacks (including Rush River beer) will be available for purchase! http://www.fallstheatre.com.  No tickets or reservations, first come, first seated.

St. Croix Noir-- Short Story Contest

All submissions will be reviewed by a committee of local writers. The committee will select three stories to be recognized at the Totally Criminal Cocktail Party at The Caves at Casanova in Hudson on Thursday, April 27. Additionally, select submissions will be included in an online blog linked to ValleyReads.org and and in a downloadable ebook.

Dates to know:
Submission deadline: April 1
Top stories recognized: April 27
Literary Blog Posts begin: April 28


Book Discussion- Further Insights: The Maltese Falcon 

Book discussions at the RFPL (All are invited to join!)
Thursday, April 6, 4PM @ the RFPL
Tuesday, April 25, 6:30PM @ the RFPL

Amazing Seed Art: Objects of Desire
Saturday, April 8, 10:30AM

An all ages art-making workshop celebrating The Maltese Falcon. FREE. All materials and supplies provided. 

​St. Croix Festival Theatre Presents Real Inspector Hound 

Thursday, April 13, 6:30PM, RFPL Lower Level

Don’t miss this comedic homage to the mystery genre in which a theatre critic gets swept into the action of a play while endeavoring to answer that constant, nagging question:  Whodunnit?

Festival Theatre will be producing this as partners in 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.  

On The Maltese Falcon with Larry Harred

​Wednesday, April 19, 7PM, RFPL Lower Level 

The Maltese Falcon is generally considered Dashiell Hammett's finest work. It originally appeared as a serial in Black Mask magazine in 1929 and was published in book form the next year. The novel’s sustained tension is created by vivid scenes and by the pace and spareness of the author’s style. The other major attraction of The Maltese Falcon is its colorful cast of characters; they include the antiheroic detective Sam Spade; Brigid O’Shaughnessy, a deceptive beauty; Joel Cairo, a man whose gun gives him courage; the fat and jovial but sinister Casper Gutman; and Gutman’s gunsel, Wilmer, who is eager to be feared. All of them are looking for the Maltese falcon, a fabulously valuable 16th-century artifact. Join Professor Larry Harred, Associate Lecturer at the UWRF and detective fiction scholar, for an in-depth perspective on the classic novel.

The Maltese Falcon