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The Big Read

As you may have seen, we recently had some big news in Big Read-land : the novels The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears by Dinaw Mengestu and When the Emperor Was Divine by Julie Otsuka will be joining our roster of Big Read titles for the 2014-2015 grant cycle. The Beautiful Things That Heaven...
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...
During his service with the 3rd Infantry Division from 2002 to 2006, Hector Ocampo served two tours of duty in Iraq, the first in 2003 and the second in 2005. His experiences there are never too far from the surface, particularly on his birthday, which triggers memories of an earlier birthday...
Fahrenheit 451 is widely regarded as one of the great American novels and a masterpiece of literary science-fiction. Since its publication in 1954, the novel—considered controversial by some—has become one of the most widely taught books in the American public education system. But a...
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...
Video of Julia Alvarez - 2009 National Book Festival "Nothing human is alien to the pen of a novelist. And when we read, nothing human is alien to us either." —Julia Alvarez, speaking at the 2009 National Book Festival Love literature? See which authors will be speaking this weekend...
Listing all of Ernest Gaines’s achievements would likely take up an entire paragraph or five. There’s been a Guggenheim Fellowship, an NEA Fellowship, a National Book Critics Circle Award, and critically acclaimed books such as The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman , A Gathering of Old...
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...
Today you can engage with the NEA not just through arts.gov , but also on the Art Works, Blue Star Museums , and Big Read blogs, and on Twitter , Facebook , and YouTube . Back in 2007, however, it was---we can admit now---with great trepidation that we first dipped a quivering toe into the social...

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