The Big Read Blog (Archive)

Pico Iyer

Ursula K. Le Guin. Image by Marian Wood Kolisch Ursula K. Le Guin radically transformed the power and integrity of fantasy fiction when she flipped the idea of race on its head in her landmark work, A Wizard of Earthsea . As writer Walter Mosley observes in our Big Read audio documentary about...
Sunset over Lake Coeur d'Alene by Clarence Nies As winter comes to an end in Housekeeping , the town of Fingerbone is devastated by a major flood, which author Marilynne Robinson describes with both humor and subtle biblical undercurrents. When the banks of the lake are overwhelmed, not even the...
Washington, DC Dan Stone, producer of the Housekeeping audio guide, and musician Aimee Mann with her copy of Housekeeping . Marilynne Robinson?s 1980 debut novel, Housekeeping , introduced readers to three generations of women from an eccentric family, the Fosters, who live in the fictional town of...
Washington, DC Book cover image used courtesy of Random House. A Wizard of Earthsea has been read by adoring fans for 40 years. Writers Walter Mosley, Pico Iyer, Michael Dirda, and Michael Chabon weigh in on why A Wizard of Earthsea will stand the test of time. [audio: http://bigreadblog.arts.gov//...