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It's an understatement to say Count Lev Nikolayevich Tolstoy , aka Leo Tolstoy , was a giant among men. Not only was he an iconoclastic activist — his practice of nonviolent resistance influenced both Martin Luther King, Jr. and Mohadnas Gandhi — but he was one of the finest writers...
A little over ten years ago, in September of 2003, Jhumpa Lahiri's debut novel, The Namesake, entered the world. A poignant novel and new Big Read selection, The Namesake further explores themes Lahiri has mined throughout her writing career; identity, self-acceptance, and the trials and...
With the incredibly amazing NEA National Heritage Fellowships Concert happening TONIGHT! , we wanted to highlight a 2013 Heritage Fellow whose music makes a cameo on the new Big Read audio guide for Luis Alberto Urrea’s fantastic novel, Into the Beautiful North . Selecting the music, as...
Just in case you haven’t heard the news, we added three new exciting novels to the Big Read canon: Into the Beautiful North by Luis Alberto Urrea; The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri; and True Grit by Charles Portis. Throughout the year, we’ll be showcasing excerpts of audio that never made...
This week's podcast introduces you to the talented and multifacted Manil Suri, who manages to excel at two careers: he's both a professor of mathematics and a best-selling, critically acclaimed novelist. His trilogy, The Death of Vishnu , The Age of Shiva, and now, The City of Devi, is...
In this week's podcast, Marna Stalcup takes us into the thinking behind The Right Brain Initiative , an innovative educational program from Portland, Oregon's Regional Arts & Culture Council. The goal of The Right Brain Initiative is to ensure that all children in the Portland...
This is the fourth summer that museums throughout the land are reaching out to military families and inviting them in as honored guests. From Memorial Day through Labor Day, some 2,000 museums will forego admission fees for the nation’s active duty military personnel, including National Guard...
In this week's podcast, we meet 2011 NEA Opera Honoree Robert Ward. When Ward passed away last April, the world of opera lost one of its most remarkable composers. However, Ward didn't limit himself to composition: he spread his talents throughout the musical realm, working as a music...
In this week's podcast, we meet Terry Tempest Williams. Over the course of her 14 books, Williams has been celebrated for writing about the environment in poetic language that reads like a literary text. She's been described by Donna Seaman in Booklist as an author who is, "Scientific...
Here's a podcast to mark the finals of the NEA's national recitation competition Poetry Out Loud, which took place this week---and a big shout-out to the new champ, Langston Ward! In the past few weeks leading up to the competition, I've been giving a lot of thought to memorizing poetry...

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