The Big Read Blog (Archive)

To Kill A Mockingbird

February 25, 2009 Washington, DC The 81st Academy Awards are already receding into the distant past -- who knew Anne Hathaway could sing!?! -- but still it's worth noting that four film versions of Big Read titles have received Best Picture noms. A Farewell to Arms (1931-32), The Grapes of Wrath (...
February 23, 2009 Martinsville, VA Back in November, we featured the first three portraits in Barbara Parker?s ongoing series of local --and not-so-local --celebs "caught reading" To Kill a Mockingbird , including Vice President Joe Biden. Here are three more snaps -- with commentary -- from...
February 18, 2009 Washington, DC Here's a brief "look" at The Big Read Kickoff sponsored by the Bibliotheca Alexandrina -- one of three Egyptian partners for The Big Read Egypt/U.S The Bibliotheca Alexandrina launched The Big Read: Egypt/US project on Feb 7, 2009, with five hours of festivities on...
February 8, 2009 Washington, DC Kansas?s Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library (?TSCPL?) has been part of The Big Read family since the pilot phase. I am always impressed with the great displays the library installs in its rotunda to get everyone psyched about that year?s Big Read. Here?s how...
November 14, 2008 Martinsville, Virginia Located in bucolic Martinsville, Virginia, Piedmont Arts will host its very first Big Read next March. According to director of programs Barbara Parker, "We try to serve as a catalyst for as many arts and cultural opportunities for as many groups as we...
November 6, 2008 Martinsville, VA Though Piedmont Arts' Big Read of To Kill a Mockingbird is still months away, director of programs Barbara Parker is already hard at work. One of her favorite tasks is seeking out visiting celebrities she can photograph holding a copy of Lee's seminal novel...
October 15, 2008 Washington, DC In March and April 2008, San Antonio Public Library hosted a Big Read of To Kill a Mockingbird . Mockingbird audiobook narrator Sissy Spacek and fellow Texan Tommy Lee Jones were special guests at the foundation?s recent 25th-anniversary celebration. Jones introduced...
September 26, 2008 Washington, DC Did you know that To Kill a Mockingbird is one of the most requested books on The Big Read list? From the To Kill a Mockingbird reader's guide, here's the story of how Harper Lee almost didn't finish her iconic novel . Any claims for To Kill a Mockingbird as a book...
September 17, 2008 From the road a photo blog from David Kipen's Big Ride for The Big Read While his grandmother's staff stuffs another impeccable veggie quesadilla, Patrick Camara, right, brandishes a new book from the Forsyth County Public Library's Big Read booth next door. Photo by David Kipen...
May 12 , 2008 Boston, MA William Faulkner wrote a screenplay for the Joan Crawford movie of James M. Cain's novel Mildred Pierce . Other hands eventually worked it over, but a copy survives. In it there's a moment -- and by the way, if any publisher were ever fool enough to collect my book reviews...

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