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Ira Silverberg

Keyboard 2 by flickr user john_a_ward When the Big Read launched in 2006, the program’s library consisted of four titles: The Great Gatsby, Their Eyes Were Watching God, To Kill A Mockingbird, and Fahrenheit 451. All were American classics, representing the lives, fears, and difficulties of the...
A sign at Capitol Hill Books in Washington, DC. Among the banned words: Amazon and Kindle. Image by J. Rachel Gustafson Twenty thousand books call Capitol Hill Books in Washington, DC. home. The bookshelves they inhabit will remain their main residence until a book-loving individual adopts them and...
Beach Waves used courtesy of David Niblack This happens every year. The summer breezes by and suddenly it's September. What? As much as I despise the DC humidity, I, like many, pine for the longer, lighter days of June and July. In the interest of slowing time, I sat down with our literature...
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...