Luncheon with Dashiell Hammett’s Granddaughter

MWA SoCal invites you to an inside exploration of the dean of hard-boiled crime and his writing

Julie M. Rivett

Dashiell Hammett’s Granddaughter and Historian

Her true stories of ambition, frustration, and inspiration will be,
to quote Hammett,

Hammett's Granddaughter Julie M. Rivett
Hammett’s Granddaughter Julie M. Rivett


  • Who was this legendary mystery man of mystery fiction?
  • How did he forge the hard-boiled school?
  • Why does his reputation endure, internationally and beyond genre?
  • What lessons emerge from his experience?
  • What’s the real skinny on Sam Spade, Nick and Nora Charles, and the Continental Op?

The personal meets the professional when Julie M. Rivett shares her perspective on her grandfather’s life and legacy. Hear about the forces that shaped his fiction. Explore the diamond facets in his work. Learn about his public and private struggles—as a writer, a father, and an activist. Discover the cautionary, complex saga that has shaped the afterlife of one of America’s most influential writers. Add your own questions to mix.

Julie M. Rivett is an advocate and trustee for Dashiell Hammett’s estate, a lecturer for NEA Big Read programs across the country, and an essayist and editor. Working with Hammett biographer Richard Layman, she has edited five books by or about her grandfather, including SELECTED LETTERS OF DASHIELL HAMMETT (Counterpoint, 2001) and THE HUNTER AND OTHER STORIES (Mysterious Press, 2013), and the upcoming THE CONTINENTAL OP: CASE FILES COMPLETE (, 2016), the first comprehensive collection of Continental Op stories. Julie lives in Orange County, earned an M.A. in Communication Studies at CSULB, and serves on the board of the Long Beach Shakespeare Company.

2980 Los Feliz Blvd, Los Angeles

Valet or street parking available.

You will place your food order at the Tam. No need to preorder.
The menu choices will include their famous Prime Rib, plus vegetarian and gluten-free options.