National Endowment for the Arts Hosts Live Webinar with New Big Read Authors on November 13, 2012 at 4:30 p.m. EST
Jhumpa Lahiri's The Namesake, Charles Portis's True Grit, and Luis Alberto Urrea's Into the Beautiful North are Newest Additions to The Big Read Library
For immediate release
Washington, DC -- 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. The public is invited to join a webinar with Lahiri, Urrea, Professor Carlo Rotella (who will speak about True Grit), and Ira Silverberg, the NEA's director of literature, on Tuesday, November 13, 2012 at 4:30 p.m. EST. Rocco Landesman, the chairman of the NEA, will give opening remarks.
Managed by Arts Midwest, The Big Read provides communities nationwide with the opportunity to read, discuss, and celebrate a selection from U.S. and world literature. These three new titles will be available for communities taking part in the 2013-2014 Big Read.
"I am excited to see these three exceptional works of contemporary literature join The Big Read library," said NEA Director of Literature Ira Silverberg. "I am always impressed by the creative ways organizations bring their communities together around reading, discussing, and celebrating great books, and I look forward to seeing what innovative ideas these novels inspire."
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How to join the webinar
The webinar is free and open to the public. No registration is required.
Media may RSVP to Liz Auclair at email@example.com or 202-682-5744.
To join the webinar, go to http://artsgov.adobeconnect.com/big-read-discussion and check the "Enter as Guest" radio button. Type in your name and click "Enter Room" to join.
You may listen using your computer's speakers or dial-in to 1-877-685-5350 and use participant code: 739587. Attendees will be muted but able to type in questions and comments through a text Q&A box.
Follow the conversation on Twitter @NEAarts with the hashtag #NEABigRead.
An archive of the webinar will be available by Thursday, November 15, 2012 on the NEA's website.
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