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The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter

Image courtesy of Jim White In addition to being a masterful storyteller ( check out his short story, "The Bottom" ), musician Jim White knows how to pen a song. One of the best parts of my job is helping find and license relevant songs that evoke the themes and feelings in Big Read books. The tone...
Caricature of Carson McCullers by John Sherffius Next week, on February 19, Carson McCullers would have turned 96. Let’s celebrate her life by hearing from her biographer, Virginia Spencer Carr, and musician Jim White. [2:03] [audio: http://bigreadblog.arts.gov/audio/CarsonBio.mp3] [ transcript ]
Jim White, in the studio. Photo courtesy of Jim White And now, a literary moment featuring musician Jim White on Carson McCullers's, The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter . [1:29] [audio: http://bigreadblog.arts.gov/audio/WhiteSymphony.mp3] [ transcript ] To hear the entire McCullers Big Read audio guide,...
Book cover used courtesy of Mariner Books, a division of Houghton Mifflin, New York. Though The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter is set in a small mill town in the late 1930s, it could have been written today. The ambitious book touches on a wide range of issues and social ills that still plague present-...
Washington, DC Actor Alan Arkin holding his copy of The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter . Image courtesy of Dan Stone The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter tells the story of four principal characters---a black doctor, a labor agitator, a restaurant owner, and a young girl---from multiple points of view. These...
May 9, 2011 Washington, DC Book cover courtesy of Mariner Books, a division of Houghton Mifflin, New York. When Washington, DC, decided on Carson McCullers?s novel The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter as their Big Read selection in 2009, Gallaudet University knew that it wanted to be involved. The book...
Springfield, Illinois Like author Carson McCullers herself, 13-year-old Mick Kelly---the lead character in The Heart is a Lonely Hunter--- is obsessed with music. In her most famous novel, McCullers writes, ?But all the time---no matter what she was doing---there was music.? This quote resonated...
Washington, DC Book cover courtesy of Mariner Books, a division of Houghton Mifflin, New York. Set in a small Georgia mill town during the Great Depression , The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter tells the story of four principal characters. In addition to the broad scope of the novel, one of Carson...
Washington, DC "Travel" by Tiffa Day via Flickr While the newest round of looming winter storms is wreaking havoc with travel plans all across the country, it turns out that armchair traveling is still alive and well. In that spirit, here are five Big Read events that are on my wish list for...
Washington, DC Musician Blake Hazard. Photo by Dan Stone, who also produced the Big Read audio guide about The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter . Today, we hear from two fans of Carson McCullers?s landmark novel, The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter? musician Blake Hazard (half of the duo, The Submarines) and...

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