Wednesday, June 24, 2009

The Big Read

What do The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, The Age of Innocence and The Joy Luck Club have in common? Well, among other things, and along with a lot of other great books, they're on the list of books for The Big Read, the project that gets entire communities reading and talking about books. It's like one very big reading group, with audios and events. It's definitely worth checking out. And it's good to see that the NEA is continuing to support the program in rough financial times.

Publishers Weekly: The National Endowment for the Arts is giving out funds totaling over $3 million to 269 organizations as part of its latest Big Read initiative. The program, which launched as a pilot initiative in 2006, has grown exponentially since its inception; in its first Big Read push in 2006, the NEA gave $265,000 to 10 cities to start community reading programs. More...

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