NEA Big Read News

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Washington, DC —Through support from the National Endowment for the Arts, 78 organizations across the nation will have the opportunity to come together through the joy of sharing a good book. The latest NEA Big Read grants total more than $1 million and will support community...
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Washington, DC— Two poetry collections, one memoir, one creative nonfiction book, and two novels will join the NEA Big Read, an initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest. The NEA Big Read annually supports community reading programs...
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Washington, DC—The National Endowment for the Arts will bring communities across the country together over the next year to read, celebrate, and connect over great works of literature. Today the National Endowment for the Arts announced 79 NEA Big Read grants totaling more than...
images of the book covers for the four new titles and the NEA Big Read logo.
Washington, DC — Legendary prizefighter Jack Johnson, the people of Appalachia, the care of aging parents, and life in the desert landscape of the Southwest are the subjects of the latest additions to the National Endowment for the Arts’ Big Read , providing communities around...
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Washington, DC —Today the National Endowment for the Arts announced seventy-five nonprofit organizations will receive grants totaling more than $1 million to host an NEA Big Read project between September 2017 and June 2018. An initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts...
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Washington, DC— Today the National Endowment for the Arts released the application guidelines for 2017-2018 NEA Big Read grants. This is the first opportunity organizations have to apply for programming around the 13 new titles added to the NEA Big Read , which include Claudia...
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Washington, DC— Over the past ten years, the National Endowment for the Arts has supported more than 1,200 NEA Big Read projects across the country, with 4.2 million Americans taking part in these innovative community-wide programs that each explore a single book. In celebration...
book covers for Silver Sparrow by Tayari Jones and In the Shadow of the Banyan by Vaddey Ratner
Washington, DC— Today, the National Endowment for the Arts announced that two contemporary novels written by female writers will join the Big Read library — Silver Sparrow by Tayari Jones and In the Shadow of the Banyan by Vaddey Ratner. These novels will be available for...
Book covers for Dinaw Mengestu's The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears and Julie Otsuka's When the Emperor Was Divine
The NEA announces application guidelines and two new books for 2014-2015 Big Read programming---Dinaw Mengestu's The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears and Julie Otsuka's When the Emperor Was Divine.
Washington, DC -- In Big Read author Ursula K. Le Guin's The Wave in the Mind she writes, "To me a novel can be as beautiful as any symphony, as beautiful as the sea." As part of the eighth year of The Big Read, communities across the country will have the...

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