The Big Read
What is The Big Read? The Big Read is an initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) designed to revitalize the role of literary reading in American popular culture. Participating communities across the country encourage residents to read and discuss the same book during a designated period of time. For the past three years, the NEA has awarded ArtsWestchester a grant to bring The Big Read in Westchester.
In February and March of 2010 ArtsWestchester, in partnership with Westchester Library System, Hudson Valley Writers Center, schools and colleges, local libraries, civic and community groups, cultural organizations throughout the county read and discussed “The Things They Carried” by Tim O’Brien.
What will ArtsWestchester focus on in 2011? We are planning on reading the book In the Time of the Butterflies by Julia Alvarez.
How can I get involved?
- Read In the Time of the Butterflies
- Sign up to get regular updates about Big Read events and happenings
- Look for more information on this page as 2011 draws nearer.
In October-November 2007, ArtsWestchester brought the county together with “Their Eyes Were Watching God” by Zora Neale Hurston.
In February-March 2009, we made an even bigger impact with Ernest Gaines’ novel, “A Lesson Before Dying.”