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http://youtu.be/dQUr9DYKDy8 Burnett Family Bluegrass performs Foggy Mountain Breakdown by Earl Scruggs at Flagstaff, Arizona's Pickin' in the Pines Festival in 2011. Understanding great literature is of course a matter of reading. But it can also be a matter of listening. As part of West Valley...
A peek at Flavorwire Literary Editor Emily Temple's "books-to-consider" shelf at her New York City office. Image courtesy of Flavorwire A little direction in the vast world of literature is always helpful. Different readers find direction from different sources: professors, relatives, colleges,...
Pam Brooks with library patron Erik Willis and members of the Tropyband Orquestra, who helped celebrate Scotch Plains Library's official Big Read kickoff. Photo by Joshua Feist, Arts Midwest One of my favorite things about the Big Read is its capability to not only engage a community through a good...
Tonight at 7:30 p.m., the 2013 NEA Jazz Masters Awards Ceremony and Concert will be webcast live from Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola at Jazz at Lincoln Center. While we hope you'll tune in, the event also seemed like a good time for the Big Read to explore how jazz has been approached in children's...
http://youtu.be/DSlY74J6iH8 Browsing through Small Demons is like playing a literary version of Six Degrees of Separation. The site, which launched last autumn, compiles the details mentioned in some 10,000 books---the people, places, songs, products, etc.---and shows how those details connect the...
The original program logo courtesy of RR Kidz The reading world has changed a good deal since I was a kid. The Dewey Decimal System is a relic of the past, books have gone from paper to screen, and public libraries are closing. So what remains of our literary childhood? If you are an '80s kid, like...
Book in the Snow by flickr user SPDP At this point, beach reading has become its own literary genre: light, uplifting, and not heavy enough to cloud over a day in the sun. But what about winter reading? What do we reach for when the days are short, the nights are long, and our main objective is to...
Reading in Bed by flickr user Artotem Last week, as part of The Pirate's Alley Faulkner Society's Big Read , Washington Post book critic Jonathan Yardley gave a lecture on the "art of reading." While we weren't there to hear his talk, we thought we'd share a few insights on reading from some of our...
J. Patrick Lewis. Photo by Robert Donaldson After years of working as an economics professor at Ohio’s Otterbein College, J. Patrick Lewis picked up a passion that made little economic sense: children’s poetry. In 1998, he turned to writing full-time, and has since published some 80 books and...
Portrait of Henry James. Used by permission of Billy Hathorn Okay, he wasn't really from outer space. But you'll hear where that title comes from when you listen to today's post featuring Irish novelist Colm Toibin; Big Read author, Cynthia Ozick ( The Shawl ); and larger-than-life critic, Gore...

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