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The Big Read

As I look back on the past year, I can’t help but think of what a whirlwind it’s been. A constant balancing act between friends, school papers, work commitments, and internship deadlines, it’s hard to believe I’ve only been in DC since August---and even harder to believe my...
Well, it's officially April. Not only does this mark the start of National Poetry Month, but it's also time to begin our countdown to the Poetry Out Loud National Finals , which will take place April 29-30 in Washington, DC. To kick off the next few weeks of couplets and quatrains, we...
This week's podcast is a conversation with writer Tim O’Brien about his 1990 novel The Things They Carried , which is a Big Read selection. Although O'Brien is a veteran who served in Vietnam, The Things They Carried is a work of fiction presented as a memoir. A finalist for both the...
Washington, DC "Read" by flickr user markhillary The 2011-2012 Big Read grantees were announced this morning , which means it's time to start gearing up for our sixth season of the program. As always, we look forward to seeing how our 76 grant recipients will use creative new ways to...
Washington, DC This week’s Art Works podcast is a conversation with Valerie Boyd, author of Wrapped in Rainbows: The Life of Zora Neale Hurston . And what a life Hurston led! Brought up in the black township of Eatonville, Florida, Zora Neale Hurston was creative, free-spirited, and a natural born...
Washington, DC In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month---which actually runs September 15 to October 15, cutting through National Preparedness Month and National Arts and Humanities Month---our Art Works podcast this week is with acclaimed writer Rudolfo Anaya. Anaya first made his name with his...
Washington, DC What is the responsibility of those that survive? This question that Julia Alvarez asks in her novel In the Time of the Butterflies is a thread that runs through Alvarez's literary life. In this week's NEA podcast Alvarez---a child of Dominican parents who didn't publish...
Washington, DC July 8, 2010 "Read More Books" by Tom T from Flickr Today the National Endowment for the Arts announced the 75 organizations that will receive grants for Big Read projects that will take place between September 2010 and June 2011. (You can take a look at the news release...
Washington, DC "The more I tried to get away from what was genuine in my life, the worse off the stories were," said Amy Tan when talking about how she began the writing of The Joy Luck Club, an NEA Big Read selection. In this excerpt from this week's podcast, she talks about how she...
May 3, 2010 Seattle, Washington Nancy Pearl. Photo by Marco Prozzo This spring The Big Read is literally taking place right outside our doors as the District of Columbia Public Library and the Humanities Council of Washington, DC engage the capital community in reading, discussing, and celebrating...

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