Tuesday, December 1, 2009

The Big Read

Creating a Nation of Readers

The Big Read...inspiring people across the country to pick up a good book. Listen to radio programs, watch video profiles, and read brief essays about classic authors.

I was totally unfamiliar with this program until my husband mentioned it to me in association with his non-profit theater. Sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), The Big Read is,
"designed to restore reading to the center of American culture. The NEA presents The Big Read in partnership with the Institute of Museum and Library Services and in cooperation with Arts Midwest. The Big Read brings together partners across the country to encourage reading for pleasure and enlightenment...The initiative includes innovative reading programs in selected cities and towns, comprehensive resources for discussing classic literature, an ambitious national publicity campaign, and an extensive Web site providing comprehensive information on authors and their works."

They have a fabulous reading list that you should check out.

Also, there may be a community near you participating. Our non-profit theatre is trying to coordinate with our local library to become a participant.

This would make for a seriously cerebral book challenge!

And some people say that all government is bad!

1 comment:

Linsey said...

For a year I have been working on that last NEA reading list...and making limited progress...and now there are more. Oh well, glad to know I'll always have something to read.