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March is one day away, so to kick off National Women's Month we're shining a light on Mattie Ross, the 14-year-old heroine of Charles Portis's novel, True Grit . Though fictional, young Mattie leaps off the pages with her unwavering conviction and outsize personality. This wonderful...
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...
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...
When Kenn Nesbitt found out he would be the new Children’s Poet Laureate , he said he was “floored.” We’re not sure why. After all, the poet has published over a dozen books and collections of poetry and has endeared himself to kids across the country with his instinctual...
By this time, I’m sure all of you have ooohd and aaahed over the stellar lineup at this year’s Poetry and Prose Pavilion at the National Book Festival . I know, I know—we’re impressed with it too. As you’ve studied the authors’ bios, you may have noticed a...
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...
As a developmental psychologist, I find it amusing to consider the National Endowment for the Arts’ Research: Art Works program as something of a toddler. The program has entered its third year and continues to find its footing in the larger world of research grants. I came to the NEA in...
One of the neatest things about working at the NEA is seeing how many different ways a dollar can be transformed into art. For instance, the $4.725 million we awarded to our 2013 Our Town grantees will eventually be turned into a mural festival in Honolulu, public opera programs in Nashville, and a...
In last month's post for this series , I blogged about a speech given by Alan Krueger, chairman of the White House Council of Economic Advisers, at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland. I'm not stalking the President's chief economic aide, I assure you, yet I did observe that in...
"What in the world do you think you are? A superstar? Well, right you are. But we all shine on..." ---John Lennon, "Instant Karma" When it comes to economics, Alan Krueger is nothing less than a rock star. As a Princeton professor of economics and public affairs, he has written...

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