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Carson McCullers

Image courtesy of Jim White In addition to being a masterful storyteller ( check out his short story, "The Bottom" ), musician Jim White knows how to pen a song. One of the best parts of my job is helping find and license relevant songs that evoke the themes and feelings in Big Read books. The tone...
Book cover used courtesy of Mariner Books, a division of Houghton Mifflin, New York. Though The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter is set in a small mill town in the late 1930s, it could have been written today. The ambitious book touches on a wide range of issues and social ills that still plague present-...
Washington, DC Actor Alan Arkin holding his copy of The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter . Image courtesy of Dan Stone The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter tells the story of four principal characters---a black doctor, a labor agitator, a restaurant owner, and a young girl---from multiple points of view. These...
Washington, DC Book cover courtesy of Mariner Books, a division of Houghton Mifflin, New York. Set in a small Georgia mill town during the Great Depression , The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter tells the story of four principal characters. In addition to the broad scope of the novel, one of Carson...
Washington, DC Musician Blake Hazard. Photo by Dan Stone, who also produced the Big Read audio guide about The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter . Today, we hear from two fans of Carson McCullers?s landmark novel, The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter? musician Blake Hazard (half of the duo, The Submarines) and...
Fayetteville, North Carolina Mary Zahran. Photo courtesy of author By Mary Zahran "There is no frigate like a book/To take us lands away. . . ."---Emily Dickinson As a former English teacher and librarian, I believe it was inevitable that I would one day write a column about books. The Cumberland...
Washington, DC Carson McCullers portrait by Carl Van Vechten, July 1959 from Library of Congress collection When the Center for Conflict Management at Georgia?s Kennesaw State University joined forces with the Paulding County Library to present their first Big Read, choosing Carson?s McCullers? The...
Washington, DC Carson McCullers. Portrait by Carl Van Vechten, July 31, 1959. From Carl Van Vechten photography collection at Library of Congress . Now based in Athens, Georgia, musician and filmmaker Jim White discovered The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter when he moved to Europe in his early 20s. As he...
August 28 , 2009 Washington, DC "A place for soulful conversation" by ktylerconk from Flickr Playwright Edward Albee met Carson McCullers in the early 1960s. They became life-long friends, and Albee adapted McCullers's The Ballad of the Sad Cafe for the stage. From an interview with the NEA, Albee...