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The Bridge of San Luis Rey

Rope Bridge by Vera Kratochvil In this audio excerpt, we take a brief look at the deceptively simple, yet heartbreaking plot in The Bridge of San Luis Rey . The opening of our Big Read audio guide features actress Marian Seldes, Sister Maureen Fiedler, JD McClatchy, Russell Banks, and the voice of...
Washington, DC Produced by Josephine Reed. Posted by Adam Kampe. Playwright Edward Albee. Thornton Wilder?s novel, The Bridge of San Luis Rey , is a Big Read selection. But we also wanted to explore Wilder?s influence as a Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright. Who better to discuss this with than...
Woodstock, Georgia Erin McCarthy as Emily Webb and her real dad, Mark McCarthy, as Mr. Webb rehearse a scene from Our Town with the Elm Street Players. Photo courtesy of Elm Street Cultural Arts Village When organizations choose to read Thornton Wilder?s The Bridge of San Luis Rey and Our Town for...
Washington, DC Thornton Wilder in the role of George Antrobus in his play, The Skin of Our Teeth. Image courtesy of the Yale Collection of American Literature, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library . On the first page of The Bridge of San Luis Rey--- which is set in 18th century Peru---we learn...
Monroe, Michigan The Foundation at Monroe County Community College has been immersed in The Big Read since its kick-off on March 26 with the production of Our Town. At the kick-off, more than 200 copies of The Bridge of San Luis Rey were distributed to community members with an additional 300...
February 18, 2010 Washington, DC "Bridge over railway tracks" by Rob Patrick from Flickr ( http://www.flickr.com/photos/alkalinezoo/ / CC BY-NC-SA 2.0 ) In his 1991 novel The Sweet Hereafter , Russell Banks explores how a tragic schoolbus accident affects the lives of the survivors. In this excerpt...
October 29, 2009 Washington, DC Stack of books, Seattle, Washington by Wonderlane ( http://www.flickr.com/photos/wonderlane/ / CC BY 2.0 ) In a world saturated with self-help books, I still swear by the words of courage, inspiration, and even caution that I've found in works of fiction. Here are a...