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On Tuesday, we announced a new addition to our Big Read library : Brother, I’m Dying by Edwidge Danticat. This memoir—our first nonfiction Big Read title—tells the story of Danticat’s family, and their long and winding journey from Haiti to the United States. Although...
Author Ellen Hopkins once said that, “Nonfiction speaks to the head. Fiction speaks to the heart. Poetry speaks to the soul.” But Edwidge Danticat’s memoir, Brother I’m Dying, simultaneously does all three. Today, Brother, I’m Dying became the first nonfiction book to...
For as long as humans have roamed this planet, there has been war. And for as long as there’s been war, there has been art that portrays it, from dramatic paintings of epic battles to sculptures of famous moments from mythology. “Before modernism, portrayals of war and conflict were...
"I think when you read Hemingway as a young writer, you begin to focus on the importance of every word. It's not about coming up always with the new word or the flashy diction, but it's about getting to a larger truth about subjectivity and character through the simple turns that...
Elizabeth McCracken muses on what it means to "kill your darlings."
Cartoonist Gene Luen Yang shares why a fear of getting cultural diversity wrong shouldn't stop writers from trying to write diverse characters.
Actor Tony Plans reads "My Life with the Wave" by Nobel Prize laureate and NEA Big Read author, Octavio Paz.
Arts administrator and poet Jonathan Katz (NASAA's CEO) ruminates on what he's learned from poetry.
Just because it’s called the Big Read doesn’t mean little readers can’t be involved. Our Big Read communities design all sorts of programming geared toward children, and often choose children’s companion books that draw upon the same themes as the selected Big Read title...
As I get to the end of my first quarter as NEA Chair, I’ve been thinking about how the arts foster creativity for the current generation of arts leaders, and also what we need to foster creative leadership for future generations. What defines a creative leader? What skill sets does that...

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