Literature

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We love reading our favorite writers on the page, but seeing their faces on the street? Now that’s a special pleasure all its own. So feast your eyes on what happens when street art gets literary, and check out the unique ways Big Read authors and others have been used to transform our public...
To call Esopus a magazine is a bit of a misnomer. Showcasing the broadest possible spectrum of creative endeavors, the lush, encyclopedia-thick volume is an exercise in printed ingenuity, filled...
It ain’t always easy to get recognition as an artist, particularly in Washington. We’ve got plenty of memorials for presidents and world leaders, and there’s no shortage of statues portraying generals on horses. But only one musician has been commemorated with a statue of his own...
According to poet, author, and filmmaker Sherman Alexie , “A lot of Native literature is really foo-foo nature crap, and it’s written by Indians who don’t even live that way.”...
Like peanut butter and jelly or red wine and cheese, music and books are often enhanced when enjoyed together. So with the 2014 NEA Jazz Masters Awards Ceremony and Concert coming up on Monday, we thought it would be fun to pair our Big Read books with what felt like complementary jazz tunes. Have...
Over 100 years after his death, Mark Twain is still making headlines—and not just in the literary world. Last month , PsyPost.com ran a piece announcing, “New study confirms Mark Twain’s saying: Travel is fatal to prejudice.” The study, first published in the journal Social...
Julie Otsuka’s debut novel , When the Emperor was Divine — one of our new Big Read titles — is a somber and insightful historical narrative of contemporary fiction. In her novel, Otsuka masterfully captures and illuminates the infamous tensions in the United States during 1942...
“[A]rt works to shake the rickety rafts of my half-truths.” – Kim Coleman Foote Kim Coleman Foote is no stranger to awards--her FY 14 NEA Literature Fellowship joins a long list of honors, including an Illinois Arts Council Fellowship, a Pan-African Literary Forum Africana...
It's been a cold and snowy week in Washington, which naturally put us in a wonderful wintry mood (or a cranky, bitter mood, if you're the summer type). To celebrate the fact that it finally feels like winter, we thought we'd share "The Bells," a sweet seasonal poem from Edgar...
It goes without saying that we know an author or poet first and foremost by their words. But what were the places and passions, the people and objects that inspired and shaped the stories and verses we know so well? Below are five well-known items associated with Big Read writers, and a look how...

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