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October 2, 2008
Washington, DC

In 2007, USA Today reported that, "The Great Plains, which makes up more than 15% of the USA's land area through 10 states . . .holds barely 3% of the nation's population. . . ." The wide open spaces of the prairie set the stage for several of the titles in The Big Read library including John Steinbeck's The Grapes of Wrath and Louise Erdrich's Love Medicine. But no Big Read title evokes the prairie quite like Willa Cather's My Ántonia, the subject of this NEA literary moment.

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