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The Big Read

Find out how well you know the poems of Emily Dickinson--here are some first lines to match up with their last lines!
Meet Big Read author Tobias Wolff.
No doubt we have all turned to literature in times of distress. For many, this might be a religious text, while for others, it might be a favorite poem or even a treasured children’s book. We find solace in their words, and sustenance in their sentences. But can this experience be translated across...
Filmmaker Raul Garcia talks about making Extraordinary Tales, an animated feature film based on the stories of Edgar Allan Poe.
Learn about the two new books we've added to the Big Read for the 2016-17 grant cycle!
Sure our Big Read authors inspire us to read, but they can also inspire us to write! Here are five suggestions for writing prompts based on books in the Big Read library . Have your Big Read-inspired writing prompt to add? Let us know in the comments or on our Facebook page. Happy writing! 1...
A spotlight on Atlanta's 7 Stages Theater's Big Read of "The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter" by Carson McCullers.
Test your knowledge of the works of Edgar Allan Poe with our Big Read quiz.
Video of NEA Big Read: Meet Rudolpho Anaya Celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month by spending some time with Big Read author Rudolfo Anaya. Visit to learn more about the groundbreaking author and his novel Bless Me, Ultim a.
It's Friday, so all of us deserve a dose of awesome for getting through the week. Who better to deliver than Ray Bradbury? Here are ten of our favorite quotes from one of literature's finest. “‘Stuff your eyes with wonder,’ he said, ‘live as if you'd drop dead in ten seconds. See the world. It's...