The Big Read Blog (Archive)

NEA and literature

Dr. Michelle Martin, Augusta Baker Chair in Childhood Literacy at the University of South Carolina. Photo by Kimberly Truett, University of South Carolina For more than 50 years, storyteller and librarian Augusta Baker was one of the leading experts of children's literature in the United States,...
Portrait of F. Scott Fitzgerald by Carl Van Vechten . Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division, Carl Van Vechten Collection, [reproduction number, e.g., LC-USZ62-54231] With a new movie of The Great Gatsby in the works, F. Scott Fitzgerald is showing up more and more in the news these...
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...
By Rebecca Gross The finished Edgar Allan Poe mural, created by youth at the Logan Heights branch of the San Diego Public Library. Photo by Veronica Murphy As children, our first experience with books is typically hearing stories read out loud. Later, as cognition improves, we begin reading out...
Southbank book fair by flickr user gluemoon “What I say is, a town isn't a town without a bookstore. It may call itself a town, but unless it's got a bookstore it knows it's not fooling a soul.” ---Neil Gaiman, American Gods I don’t think I’m alone in searching out a bookstore in every new town I...
Sun, Stone and Shadows is the Big Read selection chosen by the Kenosha Public Library. They’ve teamed up with not-for-profit visual arts organization Lemon Street Gallery & ArtSpace, Inc. , located in Kenosha, Wisconsin, for an exhibition of locally-made artwork inspired by this collection of...
GatsbyAloud performance at the Tempe Marketplace, Arizona. Photo by Ian Christiansen, courtesy of the Arizona Theatre Company This year, the West Valley Arts Council in Surprise, Arizona, has chosen F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby as their Big Read selection. To help bring this beloved...
Young adult author Lauren Bjorkman. Photo by Marjorie Olsen The growing audience for young adult literature has been one of the hot topics for discussion in recent years, with articles in major newspapers from The New York Times to The Wall Street Journal dissecting the current state of this art...
Tucson, Arizona Dancer and writer Kimi Eisele. Photo by Jade Beall Great writers are said to "make words dance," but in Tucson, Arizona, two artists are teaching their community to make dance from words. As part of Kore Press?s Big Read , dancer/writer Kimi Eisele and poet/publisher Lisa Bowden...
Washington, DC For this, our last Reading Between the Lines post of the year, we are taking a look back at some of the insightful thoughts and memorable events described by those leading Big Read activities across the country. Thank you again to everyone who participated and gave us a weekly...

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