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The original program logo courtesy of RR Kidz The reading world has changed a good deal since I was a kid. The Dewey Decimal System is a relic of the past, books have gone from paper to screen, and public libraries are closing. So what remains of our literary childhood? If you are an '80s kid, like...
Reading in Bed by flickr user Artotem Last week, as part of The Pirate's Alley Faulkner Society's Big Read , Washington Post book critic Jonathan Yardley gave a lecture on the "art of reading." While we weren't there to hear his talk, we thought we'd share a few insights on reading from some of our...
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...
Dr. Catalina Castillón with a Spanish-language copy of Bless Me, Ultima . Photo courtesy of Castillón Rudolfo Anaya’s Bless Me, Ultima , is one of the most notable and celebrated books in Hispanic-American literature today. The novel tells the story of young Antonio’s journey to manhood, and the...
October 12, 2012 A photo of the author's "30 Books by 30" list. Photo by J. Rachel Gustafson I graduated from undergrad on a muggy April morning in 2007. No more homework, no more reading, and regular paychecks---yes, sign me up. This was the way of the world. Jobs are for adults and it was my time...
Gaithersburg Book Festival 2011 #GBurgBookFest by flickr user ShashiBellamKonda For Washington, DC bookworms, the National Book Festival is kind of like Christmas. So many authors! So many signings! So many books to discuss and readings that inspire. And then it’s over. And when that happens, it...
Irvin Mayfield with his trumpet. Photo courtesy of the artist When a Big Read author and a National Council on the Arts (NCA) member get together, beautiful music is made---literally. In a project that has been some eight years in the making, jazz musician and NCA member Irvin Mayfield is composing...
August 31 , 2009 Washington, DC Louisville Free Public Library Foundation was one of 72 organizations that helped take The Big Read nationwide in 2007. Louisvillians read, discussed, and celebrated Zora Neale Hurston's Their Eyes Were Watching God . (Photo courtesy Louisville Free Public Library...