The Big Read Blog (Archive)

To Kill A Mockingbird

June 25, 2007 Washington, DC David?s at the American Library Association convention today, making converts to the good news about the Big Read, talking to libraries that have just finished their Big Reads, and congratulating the new grantees who wander by the NEA booth to get advance copies of the...
May 11, 2007 Petoskey, Michigan Just when I think the Big Reads I'm seeing can't be improved on, I read about one that sounds even better. The link isn't up anymore, but you should have seen the picture and accompanying article that ran in the Petoskey News-Review on April 17, 2007. That's Petoskey...
April 19, 2007 Washington, DC I?d be writing this post from my desk if I could still fit behind it. But after spending four meals last weekend with the 10-person Russian delegation who?ll be running the Big Read in Saratov and Ivanovo this fall, I?m lucky if I can see my toes. We met them for...
March 16, 2007 Baltimore, Maryland As if it weren't challenging enough to remember which Big Read city I'm in from one whistle stop to the next, I'm about to write up my impressions of Maryland from here in Galesburg, Illinois. So if I start rhapsodizing about the lonesome whippoorwills and waving...
February 16, 2007 Starkville, Mississippi "When I write, I aim in my mind not toward New York but a vague spot a little east of Kansas. I think of the books on library shelves, without their jackets, years old, and a countryish teen-aged boy finding them, and having them speak to him. The reviews,...
February 15, 2007 El Paso, Texas Prohibition served to awaken the city to its possibilities as a tourist resort. Thousands flocked in to troop across the river to Juarez, and El Paso throve accordingly. Today thousands of out-of-State visitors come here. El Paso gives its visiting dignitaries a...
January 19-20, 2007 Baton Rouge, Louisiana "Busted flat in Baton Rouge, waiting for a train/And I's feeling nearly as faded as my jeans. . ." -- Kris Kristofferson, Me and Bobby McGee , as sung by Janis Joplin Waiting for a car, actually. Operating on four hours' sleep, fueled by slushy but...

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