The Big Read Blog (Archive)

Love Medicine

When the NEA welcomed three new books to the Big Read library last fall---Jhumpa Lahiri's The Namesake , Charles Portis's True Grit, and Luis Alberto Urrea's Into the Beautiful North--- we asked the writers if they had particular ties to any of the other Big Read titles. Lahiri spoke about having...
Love Medicine. Cover image used courtesy of Harper Perennial Modern Classics Please join us in congratulating Big Read author and 1983 NEA Literature Fellow Louise Erdrich , who won The National Book Award yesterday for her 14th novel, The Round House. In preparation for her new work, let’s listen...
Image by Scott Bauer of the U.S. Department of Agriculture It's spring and the blossoms are blossoming all over DC. In honor of the thawing of winter, which never really happened here, let's turn our attention to another inspirational landscape: the "sky-filled" setting of Love Medicine. Shall we...
Washington, DC "First Dusting" by David Hoffman via Flickr You've finished all of the selections in the Big Read library---now what? Well, if you're like me, then you'll search out other titles by the authors that you've come to know after weeks of reading, discussing, and celebrating. Here are...
Washington, DC "Recording Memories" by Erik Walker via Flickr This week we're beginning with endings! Can you guess which Big Read novels gave us these five last lines? 1. "I'm skimming across the surface of my own history, moving fast, riding the melt beneath the blades, doing loops and spins, and...
Billings, Montana Poets Lois Red Elk (left) and Mandy Broaddus Smoker at the Billings YMCA Big Read kickoff at the High Plains Book Fest. Photo courtesy of Billings YMCA Montana's Billings YMCA kicked off its Big Read of Louise Erdrich's Love Medicine at the seventh annual High Plains Book Fest,...
September 2 , 2009 Washington, DC By e_walk from Flickr While ostensibly focused on two different cultures, Louise Erdrich's Love Medicine and Amy Tan's The Joy Luck Club actually have a lot in common. Both novels are comprised of interconnected stories, which layer the past and future to explore...
July 6, 2009 Washington, DC A careful observer of personnel on The Big Read audio guides will notice that The Big Read authors often show up on each other?s guides talking about the ways they?ve inspired and encouraged each other, either in person or through the example of their work. Ray Bradbury...
June 12, 2009 Washington, DC Today?s sneak peek is at poet and novelist Louise Erdrich who joins The Big Read with Love Medicine , her first novel published in 1984. In a 2009 interview, excerpted in the soon-to-be-released Reader?s Guide, Erdrich told the NEA, ?The Big Read is a huge opportunity...
April 21, 2009 Washington, DC Congratulations to Big Read author Louise Erdrich who was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize for her most recent novel The Plague of Doves . Erdrich's first novel, Love Medicine , debuts on The Big Read list this fall.

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