The Big Read: Discussion of Three New Books in the Catalog

The Big Read: Discussion of Three New Books in the Catalog

Three new novels have been added to The Big Read library, joining such classics as To Kill a Mockingbird, Fahrenheit 451, and Their Eyes Were Watching God. Soon communities across the country will experience the conflicts of first-generation Americans in Jhumpa Lahiri's The Namesake; embark on a quest to vanquish a father's murder in Charles Portis's True Grit; and join a mission to protect a town from the bandidos in Luis Alberto Urrea's Into the Beautiful North.

Ira Silverberg, the NEA's director of literature led a discussion with Lahiri, Urrea, and Professor Carlo Rotella (who spoke about True Grit). Rocco Landesman, the chairman of the NEA, made opening remarks.