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Thornton Wilder, courtesy of Yale Collection of of American Literature, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library The prolific and exuberant Thornton Niven Wilder died on this day 36 years ago. Today, we're paying homage to the man behind American classics such as The Bridge of San Luis Rey and Our...
Ira Silverberg. Photo © Tim Pannell Today we're welcoming new literature director Ira Silverberg on his first day at the NEA! Silverberg joins the agency after a distinguished career in the private sector of literary publishing, including stints as a literary agent, director of foreign rights, and...
December 2, 2011 Julia Alvarez's picture in the Lower Eastside Girls Club's mural, Women Who Change the World . Photo courtesy of the Lower Eastside Girls Club Julia Alvarez?s historical fiction novel, In the Time of the Butterflies , tells the story of Dedé, Patria, Minerva, and María Teresa...
Actress Mary Astor , here in 1941, became famous for her role as Brigid O'Shaughnessy in John Huston's adaptation of The Maltese Falcon . Photo courtesy of Wikimedia "Oh no she din't." If master crime writer Dashiell Hammett were alive today, he might have written that line about the red-headed...
Screen shot of The Great Gatsby game , created by Charlie Hoey and Pete Smith. Image courtesy of the creators My video gaming abilities have always been sub-par. However when The Great Gatsby Game went viral back in February I couldn?t help but fall in love with its non-traditional yet lovingly...
"Pride and Prejudices" is what I am reading these days via flickr user Nina Matthews Photography In the spirit of Thanksgiving, The Big Read team asked NEA staff which books or authors they were grateful for and why. Below are their responses; feel free to add your own picks in the comments section...
Costume sketch for the narrator in Ligeia. Work by Anna Slocum. Image courtesy of the Daniel A. Reed Library, SUNY Fredonia As a Big Read grantee, SUNY Fredonia has found a foolproof way to get students to participate: make it part of the curriculum. Professor Dixon Reynolds incorporated SUNY's Big...
A view of the Miami Book Fair International. Photo courtesy of the Miami Book Fair International This week, the literary world is buzzing with the announcement of the winners of the National Book Award. Among the awards are fiction (Jesmyn Ward, winner), nonfiction (Stephen Greenblatt, winner),...
Billie Holiday in Down Beat magazine, 1947. Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons It's autumn in New York, and Newland Archer is about to marry May Welland. [Okay, he's about to marry her in a fictitious novel set some 140 years ago. Details.] May is the woman Archer is supposed to marry according to...
David Bunn, Youth U.S., 2004 (detail). Unique Iris print, Los Angeles Central Library catalogue file and plexiglass. Print 29 x 40 inches famed; Library card 5 x 7 x .25 inches framed. Overall dimensions variable. Courtesy of the artist and Angles Gallery, Los Angeles In Youth U.S. , Bunn magnifies...

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