MAIN LIBRARY — For the 10th anniversary of Santa Monica Citywide Reads, the community reading program that encourages residents to read and discuss the same novel, Raymond Chandler’s classic work of crime fiction “The Lady in the Lake” was selected for its historical ties to the Los Angeles area. The read, which will occur from Feb. 22 to Mar. 31, will feature discussions at Santa Monica library branches and local businesses.
Chandler and noir themed events will occur throughout the read, including:
• Denise Hamilton, editor of “Los Angeles Noir,” will lead a discussion on the genre with authors Christopher Rice, Jim Pascoe, Gary Phillips and Naomi Hirahara at the Main Library on Tuesday, Mar. 6, at 7 p.m.
• Judith Freeman will present an illustrated, virtual tour of Santa Monica places associated with Chandler and his novels at the Annenberg Beach House on Monday, Mar. 12, at 7 p.m.
• A staged reading of “The Pencil,” Chandler’s last Phillip Marlowe story, will be produced by the Ruskin Theatre Group at the Main Library on Saturday, Mar. 24, at 3 p.m.
• Movies inspired by Chandler’s works, or featuring screenplays written by him, will be screened at libraries throughout the event, including “The Big Sleep,” “Strangers on a Train,” “Lady in the Lake” and “The Long Goodbye,” which will feature a question and answer round with actor Elliot Gould.
The program will also highlight the children’s noir book, “Trouble is My Beeswax” by Bruce Hale.
For more information, call (310) 458-8600 or visit www.smpl.org/citywide_reads.aspx.