The Big Read Blog (Archive)

Their Eyes Were Watching God

February 1, 2008 Washington, DC We all know Alice Walker, the author of The Color Purple , redeemer of Zora Neale Hurston's work, and fine commentator on The Big Read's CD about Hurston's masterpiece, Their Eyes Were Watching God -- but whatever happened to Margaret Wallace? If not for Walker's...
September 14, 2007 Charleston, South Carolina As program director for the Big Read, I could probably stand to have a little more in common with our target audience. The Big Read welcomes everybody, but it?s got a special soft spot for younger and so-called reluctant or lapsed readers. Well, I?m...
February 8, 2007 Hartford, Connecticut "If books are not good company, where will I find it?" -- Mark Twain, in a letter to M. Fairbanks "I am reading Zora!" -- lapel buttons visible on coats all over Hartford, Connecticut The first person to email the blog and tell me who "M. Fairbanks" was will...
January 21, 2007 Fergus Falls, Minnesota The topography of this ancient lake bed presents a seemingly limitless expanse. The prairie winds sweep across its level surface, turning the propellers of generators that provide electric power for rural homes. -- The WPA Guide to Minnesota , 1938 Near as I...

Pages