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Marian Seldes in Ondine , May 30 1954. Photo by Carl Van Vechten and used courtesy of WikiCommons One legend reads from another. Actress Marian Seldes reads the poem, "A Dream Within a Dream," by the dark and mysterious king of spooky, Edgar Allan Poe. Happy Halloween! [audio: http://bigreadblog...
Katherine Paterson. Photo by Samantha Loomis Paterson Katherine Paterson isn't exactly one for sugarcoating emotion. For many children, death was first experienced in Bridge to Terebithia . Sibling rivalry was discovered to be a universal syndrome, not just a personal one, in Jacob Have I Loved...
By Adam Kampe Book cover used with permission of Del Rey/The Random House Ballantine Publishing Group Did you know that Ray Bradbury wrote Fahrenheit 451 in nine days? Don't believe me? Alright, but I have no reason to fib. Hear Ray tell the story in under 20 seconds. [audio: http://bigreadblog...
Book cover used courtesy of Random House. Old School tells the story of a teenage boy struggling to discover his true, honest self. The nameless narrator craves friendship and acceptance as he seeks to find his place among his classmates. In this scene, we hear from the author himself, Tobias Wolff...
Attleboro, Massachusetts Stephanie Jackson as Elizabeth Keckly. Photo courtesy of the East Haddam Stage Company The Adventures of Tom Sawyer describes the 19th century from the carefree perspective of a young boy. On September 24, the Attleboro Public Library will explore an entirely different...
Washington, DC Portrait of Willa Cather by Carl Van Vechten. Image courtesy of the Van Vechten Collection at the Library of Congress In art, sometimes the medium can hinder a work?s impact. When reading, you become aware of syntax and literary mechanisms. At a play, you suddenly remember you?re in...
March 2, 2011 Washington, DC Image of Willa Cather courtesy of The University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Archives & Special Collections. This month on The Big Read blog, we'll be looking at the role region and landscape play in select novels and poems. Willa Cather was born in 1873 in Virginia?s...
July 13, 2009 Washington, DC One of the things about The Big Read that continually amazes me is the uniqueness of each and every project. There were 33 Big Reads on To Kill a Mockingbird in the last round, and not one project was the exact same as any other project. Sure they have things in common...

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