The Big Read Blog (Archive)

Walter Mosley

Jay McShann at the keyboard. Image courtesy of Chiaroscuro Records Today, and for most of this month, I'll be celebrating jazz and literature. From the NEA Jazz Master's 30th Anniversary publication : "Known in jazz circles as 'Hootie,' Jay McShann is for the most part a self-taught artist, though...
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...
Nothando Zulu, a Givens literary artist and storyteller, facilitating a Givens Black Books discussion. Photo courtesy of the Givens Foundation It should come as no surprise that Minneapolis was recently ranked as the country’s third most literate city. The notoriously brainy city has consistently...
Actress Mary Astor , here in 1941, became famous for her role as Brigid O'Shaughnessy in John Huston's adaptation of The Maltese Falcon . Photo courtesy of Wikimedia "Oh no she din't." If master crime writer Dashiell Hammett were alive today, he might have written that line about the red-headed...
The map of Earthsea, used courtesy of Ursula Le Guin The map of Earthsea is used courtesy of its designer, the incomparable Ursula K. Le Guin. Ursula K. Le Guin wasn?t the first writer to send a wizard to school, but she was the first to describe the experience. A Wizard of Earthsea provided a...
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//...
The black bird's on the move during Rockaway Public Library's Big Read of The Maltese Falcon . Photo courtesy of the library With nearly 30 books to his credit, Walter Mosley may be best known for his 11 mysteries featuring the deceptively-named L.A. detective Ezekiel "Easy" Rawlins. In this...