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The Bridge of San Luis Rey/Our Town

February 18, 2010 Washington, DC "Bridge over railway tracks" by Rob Patrick from Flickr ( http://www.flickr.com/photos/alkalinezoo/ / CC BY-NC-SA 2.0 ) In his 1991 novel The Sweet Hereafter , Russell Banks explores how a tragic schoolbus accident affects the lives of the survivors. In this excerpt...
July 13, 2009 Washington, DC One of the things about The Big Read that continually amazes me is the uniqueness of each and every project. There were 33 Big Reads on To Kill a Mockingbird in the last round, and not one project was the exact same as any other project. Sure they have things in common...
June 15, 2009 Washington, DC The Big Read enters new territory with the addition of Thornton Wilder to The Big Read library. Big Readers of Wilder?s The Bridge of San Luis Rey are also encouraged to contemplate his play Our Town. (Did you know that, to date, Wilder is the only writer to have...
June 5, 2009 Washington, DC Another sneak peek this morning at Thornton Wilder, who is debuting on The Big Read list this fall. As I read through an advance copy of the Reader?s Guide to The Bridge of San Luis Rey and Our Town , I was struck by the opening quote, taken from a 1929 letter by Wilder...
April 13, 2009 Washington, DC For one of the three possibly lifelong celibates in the Big Read library -- along with Emily Dickinson and Henry James -- Thornton Wilder sure spent a lot of time thinking about happiness and heartbreak. Researching meetings between Big Read authors for a talk I'm...
March was named for Mars, the Roman god of war. According to the Reader's Guide for Ernest Hemingway's A Farewell to Arms -- one of three Big Read titles that addresses war-- the novel "became Hemingway's first bestseller, selling 100,000 copies in twelve months. It was adapted for the stage a year...
Terry Teachout, Wall Street Journal critic and National Council on the Arts member, shares today on his blog about two authors very close to the hearts of Big Readers. http://www.artsjournal.com/aboutlastnight/2008/08/tt_sacred_to_the_memory.html
June 3, 2008 Washington, DC Last week in Los Angeles, thousands of publishing professionals descended on BookExpo America, the publishing industry's annual four-day orgy of gladhanding and handwringing. If you're reading this, the prospect of everybody from our Readers Circle member Azar Nafisi to...

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