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The Big Read

Check out these notable quotes from Harlem Renaissance writers like NEA Big Read author Zora Neale Hurston.
Have you ever fallen in love with a book, not only because of its compelling storyline or because you’ve become deeply invested in the fate of the characters, but also because it’s just so well crafted? When I finished reading the NEA Big Read selection, Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng, I...
Take this quiz that reveals fun facts about our NEA Big Read authors!
Can you guess these NEA Big Read titles from sounds that are prominent in each book?
We asked the Big Read team to share their arts-inspired resolutions for 2017. Here's what they had to say. What are your art-full resolutions for the new year? Let us know in comments or on the NEA Facebook page. And if your inspiration is to read more, well, we can help with that. Check out...
"Books make great gifts because they have whole worlds inside of them. And it’s much cheaper to buy somebody a book than it is to buy them the whole world.” -- Neil Gaiman Need a break from holiday shopping? Sink into a comfy chair, grab your pumpkin-spice latte, and see if you can guess which gift...
Artists explore their favorite characters, relationships, scenes, and settings by making art about them.
“Don't worry about what a poem means,” says poet Joy Harjo. “Do you ask what a song means before you listen? Just listen.” Harjo’s book of selected poems, How We Became Human , is one of the recent additions to the NEA Big Read library, along with two other books of poetry: Citizen by Claudia...
Tis the season to be thankful. We’re thankful that we can dip into the NEA Big Read library to find something stirring to read while we digest the turkey (and cranberry sauce and stuffing and, well, you get the picture). In this spirit of gratitude we asked several of our Big Read authors to tell...
NEA Big Read novelist Alejandro Zambra and his literary translator Megan McDowell talk about what it means to "go home."

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