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The National Endowment for the Arts

On June 4, we announced the 2013 NEA Heritage Fellows . Holy moly, with nine states represented, could there be a more diverse range of artisans in terms of talent and geography? After you peruse their astounding biographies and compelling work samples, be sure to check out the Heritage Fellows on...
Marian Seldes in Ondine , May 30 1954. Photo by Carl Van Vechten and used courtesy of WikiCommons One legend reads from another. Actress Marian Seldes reads the poem, "A Dream Within a Dream," by the dark and mysterious king of spooky, Edgar Allan Poe. Happy Halloween! [audio: http://bigreadblog...
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...
Washington, DC Book cover used courtesy of Penguin Group (USA) Inc., New York. The Grapes of Wrath is an epic novel that takes place during the Great Depression. It begins in Oklahoma, but once the crop-killing Dust Bowl hits, many families, namely the Joads, work their way west to California, to...
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...