The Re-Read: Mark Billingham on Dashiell Hammett

Mark Billingham and Steve Gravestock

The Re-Read: Mark Billingham on Dashiell Hammett

Mark Billingham and Steve Gravestock

1:00pm

Sunday, June 5, 2022

Join us as we explore influential books and writers who define a genre and have captivated readers for decades. Each session brings a contemporary writer sharing a favourite book or author, offering their insight as an author and sharing their joy as a reader. In this session, Mark Billingham, one of the UK’s most popular crime writers, explores The Maltese Falcon, the 1930 detective novel by American writer Dashiell Hammett. The hardboiled detective story has been adapted into several films, stage plays and audio dramas. Billingham will discuss Hammett’s writing style and how it influenced detective stories for years to come.

Interviewer: Steve Gravestock

The Maltese Falcon book cover

Ticket Info:
Date & Time: June 5 at 1pm ET
Where: Main Loft in Harbourfront Centre’s main building
Duration: 45 minutes
Ticket prices: $16.50 – Regular; $12.50 – Youth; or Get the All-Access Pass

Presentation

Join us as we explore influential books and writers who define a genre and have captivated readers for decades. Each session brings a contemporary writer sharing a favourite book or author, offering their insight as an author and sharing their joy as a reader. In this session, Mark Billingham, one of the UK’s most popular crime writers, explores The Maltese Falcon, the 1930 detective novel by American writer Dashiell Hammett. The hardboiled detective story has been adapted into several films, stage plays and audio dramas. Billingham will discuss Hammett’s writing style and how it influenced detective stories for years to come.

Interviewer: Steve Gravestock

The Maltese Falcon book cover

Ticket Info:
Date & Time: June 5 at 1pm ET
Where: Main Loft in Harbourfront Centre’s main building
Duration: 45 minutes
Ticket prices: $16.50 – Regular; $12.50 – Youth; or Get the All-Access Pass

Presentation

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Mark Billingham has twice won the Theakston’s Old Peculier Award for Crime Novel of the Year, and has also won a Sherlock Award for the Best Detective created by a British writer. Each of the novels featuring Detective Inspector Tom Thorne have been a Sunday Times bestseller. Sleepyhead and Scaredy Cat were made into a hit TV series on Sky 1 starring David Morrissey as Thorne, and a series based on the novels In the Dark and Time of Death was broadcast on BBC1. Mark lives in north London with his wife and two children.

Read more about Mark Billingham

As a Senior Programmer at Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), Steve Gravestock is responsible for the organization’s Canadian programming initiatives, including Canada’s Top Ten film selection and the year-round See The North programme, which offers a free showcase of homegrown classics. As a programmer for TIFF, Gravestock has selected Canadian feature films since 2004 and is responsible for selections from the Nordic Region. In 2022, he programmed the film component of Nordic Bridges, a nation-wide year-long celebration of Nordic culture, art, thought, literature and music. He has written extensively on cinema for many publications and has published two books, Don Owen: Notes on a Filmmaker and His Culture (TIFF, 2005) and A History of Icelandic Film, edited by Andrew Tracy (Wilfrid Laurier University Press / Indiana University Press, 2019).

Read more about Steve Gravestock

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Sunday, June 5, 2022

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