The Big Read Blog (Archive)

Fahrenheit 451

http://youtu.be/DSlY74J6iH8 Browsing through Small Demons is like playing a literary version of Six Degrees of Separation. The site, which launched last autumn, compiles the details mentioned in some 10,000 books---the people, places, songs, products, etc.---and shows how those details connect the...
A stack of books. Photo by Jamie McCrary The mission of the Big Read is not only to get people reading, but to educate. We want readers to think about, question, and examine what they’re reading! I believe that a good book opens the mind, teaching readers new cultures, ideas, and ways of thinking...
“On behalf of the National Endowment for the Arts, it is with great sadness that I acknowledge the passing of Ray Bradbury , recipient of the National Medal of Arts and one of the inaugural authors featured in our Big Read program. With his boundless imagination and creativity, Bradbury inspired...
Cover Art from RAY BRADBURY’S FAHRENHEIT 451: THE AUTHORIZED ADAPTATION, artwork by Tim Hamilton. Text copyright © 1953, renewed 1981 by Ray Bradbury. Artwork copyright © 2009 by Tim Hamilton. Reprinted by permission of Hill and Wang, a division of Farrar, Straus and Giroux, LLC. CAUTION: Users are...
A participant in the Lewis & Clark Library?s Tin Foil Hat Contest proudly displays his hat, entitled ?The Moon." Photo courtesy of the Lewis & Clark Library, Helena, Montana. A couple of months ago, I was looking through Big Read events, trying to get an idea for a tweets and posts when I...
By Adam Kampe Book cover used with permission of Del Rey/The Random House Ballantine Publishing Group Did you know that Ray Bradbury wrote Fahrenheit 451 in nine days? Don't believe me? Alright, but I have no reason to fib. Hear Ray tell the story in under 20 seconds. [audio: http://bigreadblog...
Moline, Illinois You can't miss The Big Read at Moline Public Library! Photo courtesy of Moline Public Library One of the original Big Read book selections, Fahrenheit 451 continues to be a popular choice for communities around the country. Lisa Williams, Adult Services Coordinator for Moline...
Washington, DC Over the last year people across the country have been inspired by The Big Read to put down their books (but only temporarily, we hope) and take up their paintbrushes, cameras, and even duct tape to create works of art inspired by their communities? Big Read book. Here are a few of...
Washington, DC During one of the very first Big Reads on Fahrenheit 451 , Ray Bradbury himself "beamed in" to join a (filled-to-the-rafters) book discussion. Photo courtesy of the Florida Center for the Literary Arts/Florida Center for the Book Big Read Today in the TimesOnline , award-winning...
Washington, DC Congratulations to three-time Big Read grantee, University of Massachusetts Boston?s public radio station WUMB, the recipient of a My Source Education Innovation Award from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. WUMB was recognized for its work encouraging Boston residents to get...

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