• By Theodora M. Drozdowski
  • Posted Friday, September 17, 2010

On The Same Page welcomes Dr. Richard Layman

The Library is honored to welcome this year’s keynote speaker for On The Same Page, Dr. Richard Layman.

Richard Layman is a publisher and author specializing in American literature and social history. He attended Indiana University, the University of Louisville, and the University of South Carolina, where he received his Ph.D. in 1975. Among his books are six on Dashiell Hammett, including the definitive bibliography; Shadow Man, the first full-length biography; Hammett’s Selected Letters (with Julie Rivett as Associate Editor), and, most recently, Discovering The Maltese Falcon and Sam Spade. Layman’s books have twice been nominated for the Mystery Writers of America Edgar Award. A trustee of the Literary Property Trust of Dashiell Hammett, he has also written or edited books on Ring Lardner and John Dos Passos, as well as general works on American literature.

Mr. Layman is president of Bruccoli Clark Layman, producers of award-winning reference books since 1978, including the 375-volume (to date) Dictionary of Literary Biography, called the most impressive literary reference series in publishing history by Library Journal, and the social histories American Decades (10 Volumes) and American Eras (8 volumes). He lives in Columbia, South Carolina with his wife Nancy.

Please join us for a special evening as Dr, Layman shares his insights into author, Dashiell Hammett and The Maltese Falcon. This is a wonderful opportunity to listen to a popular speaker who loves his topic and love sharing it.

Central Library Auditorium
Tuesday evening, September 21st, at 7:00 pm

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