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The Big Read

Goldie Goldbloom—NEA Creative Writing Fellow and new NEA Big Read author—grew up in Western Australia. On her family farm in the country’s rural outback, her grandparents hosted Italian prisoners of war during World War II, which inspired Goldbloom to write her award-winning novel, The Paperbark...
Nearly 30 years ago Tim O'Brien published his novel The Things They Carried , about the experience of being a foot soldier in the Vietnam War. As described for the NEA Big Read library, The Things They Carried is "part memoir, part fiction and O'Brien—the original master of truthiness—wishes you...
Each year, the National Endowment for the Arts assembles a committee of readers around the country to discuss and recommend books to add to the NEA Big Read library . Who are these readers? Booklovers for sure, but also community organizers—such as prior NEA Big Read grantees—who can speak to the...
There are a ton of exciting new books coming out all the time (we know because we support many of them through our grants to literary presses and journals!). It sometimes feels overwhelming trying to decide what book to read next, which is why the NEA literature staff loves a good book...
We're celebrating heading back to school--and a new season of the NEA Big Read--with a round-up of quotes that celebrate our love of books and of reading. Find out where there's an NEA Big Read taking place near you on arts.gov ! (And it's not too soon to start thinking about applying to host a Big...
Here’s a question the NEA literature staff has been thinking about lately: what do you call a literary title that infuses text with art and is primarily geared toward grownups? A graphic novel? Picture book? Art book? Illustrated book? Or, as the poet Matthea Harvey suggested to me recently as we...
School is out for the summer and if you’re scrambling to figure out what to do with your kids for the next few months, our NEA Big Read grantees have you covered. The best part about the inventive activities and fun crafts that have been inspired by NEA Big Read books is you can pair them with a...
Today we announced 79 NEA Big Read grants totaling more than $1 million to organizations to host projects between September 2018 and June 2019 in 34 states plus Puerto Rico. The grants will bring communities across the country together over the next year to read, celebrate, and connect over great...
What do NEA Big Read author Kevin Young* and current U.S. Poet Laureate, Tracy K. Smith, have in common? Other than being two of today’s most distinguished poets, Smith and Young both emerged onto the literary scene at Harvard University in the early 1990s as original members of an African-American...
"I love language because when it succeeds, for me, it doesn't just tell me something. It enacts something. It creates something. And it goes both ways. Sometimes it's violent. Sometimes it hurts you. And sometimes it saves you." -- Claudia Rankine Did you know Claudia Rankine is one of our NEA Big...

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