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Jhumpa Lahiri

The moment pianist Vijay Iyer accepted our invitation to provide commentary for the NEA's audio guide for The Namesake , my heart did back flips. Not only does his experience as an Indian-American mirror, to a great extent, that of the novel's author, Jhumpa Lahiri; his story is also...
As a classically trained violist, I tend to think of resonance in terms of music. A resonant note hangs in the air after you finish playing, continuing your sound through a rest or the end of a phrase. This draws your audience in, allowing the music to continue even when you are not playing. I am...
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...
Keyboard 2 by flickr user john_a_ward When the Big Read launched in 2006, the program’s library consisted of four titles: The Great Gatsby, Their Eyes Were Watching God, To Kill A Mockingbird, and Fahrenheit 451. All were American classics, representing the lives, fears, and difficulties of the...
Book 8 by flickr user ~Brenda-Starr~ If any of you eagle-eyed readers have been watching the Big Read website , you may have noticed something interesting about the new grant application guidelines that were posted last week: three new titles have been added to the list of possible book selections...