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The Grapes of Wrath

Kenosha, Wisconsin Per Tom Carson, "Dr. Destruction is a local [Kenosha...
October 13 , 2009 Washington, DC "Toward Los Angeles, California, 1937" by Dorothea Lange. From Farm Security Administration-Office of War Information collection at Library of Congress Writer Jay Parini's extensive bibliography includes John Steinbeck: A Biography . In this interview excerpt, the...
September 16 , 2009 Washington, DC Farmer and sons walking in the face of a dust storm. Cimarron County, Oklahoma, April 1936. Photo by Arthur Rothstein, from Library of Congress. Although the books in The Big Read library are now acknowledged classics, not all of them were published to literary...
July 21, 2009 Washington, DC Founded in 1683, Orange County, New York, is home to The Orange County Library Association, which hosted a community dance, presented a concert of music by Woody Guthrie, staged a reading of the novel, and convinced local antique auto aficionados to show off their...
July 6, 2009 Washington, DC A careful observer of personnel on The Big Read audio guides will notice that The Big Read authors often show up on each other?s guides talking about the ways they?ve inspired and encouraged each other, either in person or through the example of their work. Ray Bradbury...
June 8, 2009 Washington, DC Just a quick shout-out in honor of the recent launch of the Big Read Web site for the Biblioteca Alexandrina , one of our Egyptian partners for The Big Read Egypt/U.S. The site features discussion boards, the Reader's Guides for the three Big Read classics they're...
June 5, 2009 Washington, DC Another sneak peek this morning at Thornton Wilder, who is debuting on The Big Read list this fall. As I read through an advance copy of the Reader?s Guide to The Bridge of San Luis Rey and Our Town , I was struck by the opening quote, taken from a 1929 letter by Wilder...
May 20, 2009 Washington, DC The highlights of English class the spring semester of my senior year of high school: I wrote the best English paper I?ve ever written (a conversation between Huck Finn, Holden Caulfield, and the unnamed narrator from Ralph Ellison?s Invisible Man ); I saw The Graduate...
April 16, 2009 Washington, DC As his son Thom tells it, even John Steinbeck had to trick his kids into loving literature! [audio: http://bigreadblog.arts.gov//audio/LM-040.mp3] Looking for tips on getting your kids to enjoy reading? Here's some advice from avid Big Reader Marie Pyko. Want more...
April 13, 2009 Washington, DC For one of the three possibly lifelong celibates in the Big Read library -- along with Emily Dickinson and Henry James -- Thornton Wilder sure spent a lot of time thinking about happiness and heartbreak. Researching meetings between Big Read authors for a talk I'm...

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