In 1977 Don Herron began leading The Dashiell Hammett Tour, now the longest-running literary tour in the nation. On this site you’ll find information on current walks — dates, where to meet, arranging tours by appointment — plus a hard-boiled blog with news, reviews of books and film, and a dash of noir.
The latest and greatest edition to self-guide you up and down the mean streets.
Willeford: The Book
Includes the first “Mr. Hunt” story, “Knives in the Dark.”
Tag Archives: literary streets
Brian Wallace just sent me the link to an article about renaming San Francisco streets — with a little section about Monroe Street getting the new moniker of Dashiell Hammett Street. The article writer doesn’t seem to be aware of … Continue reading
On Tuesday October 4 I drop into the studio from noon to 2p.m. for an episode of the Burrito Justice Show, a.k.a. the Burrito Justice League — I believe Burrito himself will be on the control panel and Nicole Gluckstern … Continue reading
In the history of the tour, Steven Meikle from Edinburgh is pretty damn famous — he saved for something like five or six years so he could haul in to San Francisco and take the Hammett Tour that fell closest to the … Continue reading
It’s around the twenty-sixth anniversary of the literary streets being named, and last night Jack London Street in San Francisco witnessed flying lead and sudden death — seems like the sort of thing I should at least mention here on Up and … Continue reading
The blurb on the 25th anniversary of the literary streets attracted Bruce Dettman’s attention, and he popped me a note about how he once lived in 20 Monroe Street, now 20 Dashiell Hammett Street, one-time digs of Hammett himself. Bruce … Continue reading
The celebration for the 25th anniversary of the literary streets is on for 2 p.m. in Jack Kerouac alley, next to City Lights, on Sunday October 6. The roster of speakers (five minutes each, max, or so I’m told) will … Continue reading
When we hoof up to Dashiell Hammett Street on the tour, I usually provide a thumbnail history of how it got named in honor of the author of The Maltese Falcon — alongside eleven other streets renamed in honor of various authors … Continue reading