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What’s Hot: Staged Reading of Raymond Chandler’s The Pencil:

Fans of Raymond Chandler’s hard-boiled detective fiction style are in for a treat as the Santa Monica Public Library and the Ruskin Group Theatre collaborate to present a staged reading of Chandler’s last Philip Marlowe short story, The Pencil.

It will be held this Saturday, March 24 at 3 p.m. in the Main Library’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Auditorium.

Adapted by Ed Horowitz especially for this staged reading, The Pencil finds Philip Marlowe taking on the case of a man who’s been penciled in for a hit by underworld figures.

The script was adapted from Raymond Chandler’s last Marlowe short story, 1957’s “The Pencil,” as well as Chandler’s own letters and papers. A talkback between the audience and actors follows the onstage performance.

This program free and is open to all. Seating is first come, first served.

For more information, visit www.smpl.org/Raymond_Chandler.aspx or call 310.458.8600.

Santa Monica Public Library is located at 601 Santa Monica Boulevard in Santa Monica.

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