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Last Saturday marked Edith Wharton 's birthday—she would have turned 153—so we thought we’d celebrate with a few facts you might not know about the Pulitzer Prize-winning Big Read author. She kept up with the Joneses: Wharton was born Edith Newbold Jones, a daughter of one of...
2014 Poetry Out Loud National Champion reflects on her experience attending and performing at the 2014 National Storytelling Festival
There are no shortage of treasures housed at the Library of Congress, but this one has always been a particular favorite for the way it documents a fascinating, if troubling piece of American literary history. This incredible letter from 1942 was written by Ernest Hemingway to poet and playwright...
With every New Year comes a batch of resolutions on how we can improve ourselves. Less junk food, more exercise. Less complaining, more volunteering. And for many of us, less television, and more reading. We can’t help you with the kale-eating or the gym-going, but here are five reasons why...
After recently stumbling into an (older) review of Wes Anderson's movies by the remarkable writer, Michael Chabon, I was reminded of Chabon's memorable breakdown of the Big Read novel, A Wizard of Earthsea, by one of his favorite writers, Ursula K. Le Guin. Curiously, both Wes Anderson'...
New NEA Literature Fellow Sandra Beasley shares her cultural resolutions for 2015.
"Our Christmases together were simple. We limited our gifts to pennies and wits and all-out competition. Who would come up with the most outrageous for the least? The real Christmas was for the children, an idea I found totally compatible, for I had long ago ceased to speculate on the meaning...
French novelist and 2014 Nobel Laureate in Literature Patrick Modiano muses on the writer's relationship with memory in an excerpt from his Nobel lecture.
“I think in America we forget that writing and carrying that banner of "being a poet" is tied into a long history of people that have literally risked [their lives] and died to write those words.” — Javier Zamora Poet Javier Zamora is obsessed with borders. There is the...
In a proclamation penned by a few leading children’s authors , it was written that “picture books should be fresh, honest, piquant, and beautiful.” To demonstrate just how fresh and beautiful they can be, NEA Director of Literature Amy Stolls recently brought in about six dozen...

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