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Their Eyes Were Watching God

Washington, DC Portrait of Zora Neale Hurston, 1938, by Carl van Vechten. From Library of Congress collection Portrait of Zora Neale Hurston, 1938, by Carl van Vechten. From Library of Congress collection This week?s Art Works podcast is a conversation with Valerie Boyd, author of Wrapped in...
Washington, DC Photo of Zora Neale Hurston by Carl Van Vechten, Library of Congress In honor of Black History Month, we're paying homage to Zora Neale Hurston, whose novels remain some of the richest narratives of 20th-century black culture. In Their Eyes Were Watching God, Hurston draws upon her...
Washington, DC Louisville Free Public Library Foundation's Their Eyes Were Watching God kickoff. (Photo courtesy Louisville Free Public Library Foundation) Hi there--we've missed you! But don't worry, we've spent the summer plotting and planning interesting things to bring to you by way of The Big...
Washington, DC Left to right: Virginia Stanley, the director of HarperCollins Library Marketing division; Anthony Loum, winner of the 2010 Zora Neale Hurston Award, and Carolyn A. Butts, African Voices publisher at the American Library Association?s annual conference. Photo by Liz Markel This past...
September 23 , 2009 Washington, DC Portrait of Zora Neale Hurston by Carl Van Vechten, courtesy Library of Congress By the time of her death in 1960, despite early prominence as a writer and folklorist, Zora Neale Hurston had faded from the public eye. An article published 15 years later by Alice...
April 14, 2009 Washington, DC Even though many of the selected Big Read texts are geared toward middle school through adult readers, communities find many inventive ways to involve little readers -- from reading companion books to art activities based on the novels to family-friendly Big Read-...
March 11, 2009 Washington, DC From the opening lines of Their Eyes Were Watching God , it's clear that Zora Neale Hurston is a singular writer who's crafted an indelible heroine with a singular voice. Here's novelist Alice Walker on what made Hurston's style stand out from her Harlem Renaissance...
February 8, 2009 Washington, DC Kansas?s Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library (?TSCPL?) has been part of The Big Read family since the pilot phase. I am always impressed with the great displays the library installs in its rotunda to get everyone psyched about that year?s Big Read. Here?s how...
September 19, 2008 From the road a photo blog from David Kipen's Big Ride for The Big Read Reading at Risk found that the more you read, the likelier you are to attend a sporting event. Here, Seymour the Golden agle of Hattiesburg's University of Southern Mississippi returns the favor. Hattiesburg'...
March 13, 2008 Washington, DC At least once every 75 years or so, the federal government does something right for American literature. In 1935, the New Deal's Works Progress Administration recognized that scribblers, no less than stonemasons and bridgebuilders, needed work, and created the Federal...

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