Saturday, January 31, 2009

Heart Reading
The 2009 Big Read - D.C.

As Valentines Day approaches, we can't help but focus on the heart...and the upcoming Big Read - D.C. 2009. D.C. is reading The Heart Is A Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers. This was a first novel by a 23-year-old young woman from Columbus, Georgia. McCullers began writing the book during the Great Depression, a time of extreme economic distress, social upheaval, and, despite everything, possibilities and new [i]deals.

Last year we explored the excess and indulgences of the jazz age in F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby. This year our city book may be a lot more sober than the previous year's book, but thanks to our Big Read - D.C. team and community partners, you can look forward to not just reading The Heart Is A Lonely Hunter, but experiencing the book from April 23 - May 23, 2009.

Get started with the Readers guide posted on the national Big Read website:
A Teachers Guide is also available. The Heart Is A Lonely Hunter is assigned reading for 11th grade English classes in the D.C. Public Schools thanks to a generous grant from Reading Is Fundamental.
Share your thoughts and ideas about the book on this blog. Be part of the story!

Michon Boston
Project Director
The Big Read - D.C. 2009