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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...
A group of people of diverse ages sit around a classroom discussing a book.
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...
Pictures of book jackets for NEA Big Read books with text about application deadline.
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...
NEA Big Read logo
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...
Washington, DC -- Three new novels have been added to The Big Read library, joining such classics as To Kill a Mockingbird , Fahrenheit 451 , and Their Eyes Were Watching God . Soon communities across the country will experience the conflicts of first-generation Americans in...
Washington, DC—When was the last time you discussed a book with someone you had never met before? Or joined your neighbors in a community-wide read-a-thon? Between September 2012 and June 2013, 78 communities across the country will spend a month immersed in a great work...
Washington, DC - The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) announced today that 76 not-for-profit organizations have been recommended for grants totaling $1,000,050 to host a Big Read project between September 2011 and June 2012. The Big Read is an initiative of the National...