The Big Read Blog (Archive)

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,...
Image of Philip Levine used courtesy of The Poetry Foundation Last year, my colleague Rebecca and I were lucky enough to sit down and talk poetry with the former U.S. Poet Laureate Philip Levine in his suite at the Library of Congress. Rebecca conducted the interview while I recorded it. One of the...
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...
Jim White, in the studio. Photo courtesy of Jim White And now, a literary moment featuring musician Jim White on Carson McCullers's, The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter . [1:29] [audio: http://bigreadblog.arts.gov/audio/WhiteSymphony.mp3] [ transcript ] To hear the entire McCullers Big Read audio guide,...
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...
Jac Mullen, The American Reader executive editor, reviewing submissions at the publication's Harlem-based offices. Photo by Alyssa Loh Sure, the news about journalism and publishing have been all doom and gloom lately. It seems most are resigned to fit these relics comfortably among the ‘dying’...
One of our Big Read selections, Washington Square by Henry James, was famously adapted into a movie entitled The Heiress in 1949. Now, in 2012, a play of the same name has become a hit on Broadway. In this 21st-century take on a 19th-century novel (James wrote it in 1880), the versatile actress...
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...
Browsing Books 1 by nick12 via stock_xchng Since I'm always looking to add to my "To Read" pile, and I love those ubiquitous, year-end "Best of" lists, I decided to ask NEA staff which book they read in the past year ended up as their favorite. Here's what they had to say: Wendy Clark: Just Kids by...
The Call of the Wild , used courtesy of Aladdin Classics It finally feels like winter, and so naturally we turn to Jack London's tale of adventure, The Call of the Wild . In the book, there are two sets of characters, one human, the other canine. Buck, the protagonist, is a dog who is kidnapped,...

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