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Deborah Madigan and I first began chatting over email about a year ago, when I interviewed her on her participation in a gallery exhibit based on Sun, Stone, and Shadows . We've kept in touch since then and a few weeks ago, she emailed me about an exciting new project she was working on, The...
Dr. Michelle Martin, Augusta Baker Chair in Childhood Literacy at the University of South Carolina. Photo by Kimberly Truett, University of South Carolina For more than 50 years, storyteller and librarian Augusta Baker was one of the leading experts of children's literature in the United States,...
Caricature of Ursula K. Le Guin by John Sherffius In Ursula K. Le Guin's trailblazing fantasy novel, A Wizard of Earthsea , many lessons are imparted on the acolyte, Ged, about how to live in a world marked by light and dark, good and evil. At one point, the sage Ogion the Silent tells Ged: "But...
October 12, 2012 A photo of the author's "30 Books by 30" list. Photo by J. Rachel Gustafson I graduated from undergrad on a muggy April morning in 2007. No more homework, no more reading, and regular paychecks---yes, sign me up. This was the way of the world. Jobs are for adults and it was my time...
  "Woods" by DaDaAce . It's almost autumn and change is in the air. Literally. The crisp mornings and cool nights are invariably a small shock to the system. The fall change(s) can be a wee bit bigger than the typical back-to-school and back-to-the-grind work days. NEA Presenting Specialist...
Portrait of F. Scott Fitzgerald by Carl Van Vechten . Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division, Carl Van Vechten Collection, [reproduction number, e.g., LC-USZ62-54231] With a new movie of The Great Gatsby in the works, F. Scott Fitzgerald is showing up more and more in the news these...
June 29 2012   Island Hammock by ssyjuco via stock_xchng (First off, my apologies to William Shakespeare for mangling his words for my title. He'll be better represented later!) Well folks, today is our last Big Read blog post before we take our summer hiatus. (Don't worry, we'll be back in...
Library by flickr user thejester100 I believe in libraries. It’s not an uncommon thing to believe now-a-days, with librarians getting more attention and programs like The Big Read surrounding us, but it’s not a mainstream idea, either. I think that should change. When I was a kid, elementary school...
Readers at a Mark Twain event in Richmondtown, Staten Island. Photo by Jennifer Hsu/WNYC Earlier this year, in order to attract a fresh audience to The Adventures of Tom Sawyer , Big Read grantee Staten Island OutLOUD organized an innovative series of Mark Twain happenings, including "Make a Raft,...
Tim O’Brien. © Marion Ettlinger, courtesy of Houghton Mifflin In honor of Memorial Day, we're focusing today's post on Big Read author Tim O’Brien, a veteran of the Vietnam War. His experience as a solider is a subject he has returned to again and again in his writing, and his novel about the...

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