The Big Read is accepting applications from nonprofit organizations to develop community-wide reading programs between September 2013 and June 2014. The Big Read is a national program designed to revitalize the role of literature in American culture and to encourage reading for pleasure and enlightenment. Organizations selected to participate in The Big Read receive a grant (between $2,500 and $20,000) , educational and promotional materials, and access to online training resources and opportunities. Approximately 75 organizations from across the country will be selected.
Previous engagements with this program in Maine are listed below by year:
2011 – 2012
Island Readers & Writers, Bar Harbor– The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
Dyer Library/Saco Museum, Saco -The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
Island Readers & Writers, Bar Harbor– The Call of the Wild Maine Writers and Publishers Alliance, Portland – Fahrenheit 451
Victoria Mansion, Portland – The Age of Innocence Auburn Public Library, Auburn– Fahrenheit 451
Maine Writers and Publishers Alliance, Portland – The Joy Luck Club Patten Free Library, Bath – The Grapes of Wrath.
Application deadline: February 5, 2013 by 4:00pm CST
There are three new titles in the Big Read Library this year:
The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri With penetrating insight, Jhumpa Lahiri follows the Ganguli family from their traditional life in Calcutta through their fraught transformation into Americans.
True Grit by Charles Portis A classic Western, True Grit recounts the backcountry adventure of a one-eyed marshal, "Rooster” Cogburn, and a spirited fourteen-year-old, Mattie Ross, as they seek to avenge the death of Mattie's father.
Into the Beautiful North by Luis Alberto Urrea Filled with radiant depictions of the Mexican landscape and unforgettable characters, Luis Alberto Urrea's novel chronicles a young woman's quest to protect her hometown from banditos.You can see all the available work online.