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Books by PRHSB Authors Added to NEA Big Read Library!

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The National Endowment for the Arts is now accepting applications for the 2017-2018 NEA Big Read, and we’re excited to announce that books from six of our speakers are featured in the NEA Big Read Library!

The online application process is now open for community reading programs.

The NEA Big Read program provides grants that allow for the creation of 75 dynamic community reads programs, each designed around a single NEA Big Read selection. The initiative encourages reading, inspires conversations, and creates spaces in communities to explore relevant issues. Find out more about how you can participate here.

We invite you to consider one of these phenomenal books from our speakers for your community NEA Big Read!

Selections from the NEA Big Read Library

Brother, I'm Dying

Brother, I'm Dying - Edwidge Danticat

“Remarkable. . . . A fierce, haunting book about exile and loss and family love.” —The New York Times

Edwidge Danticat

MacArthur Fellow and acclaimed Haitian writer, author of Brother, I'm Dying and Claire of the Sea Light

Pretty Monsters

Pretty Monsters - Kelly Link

“… fantastic, in both the literal and colloquial sense of the term, and though written for young adults, are every bit as evocative for adult readers.” —The Boston Globe

Kelly Link

Celebrated short story writer of Get in Trouble

Station Eleven

Station Eleven - Emily St. John Mandel

“A superb novel . . . [that] leaves us not fearful for the end of the word but appreciative of the grace of everyday existence.” —San Francisco Chronicle

Emily St. John Mandel

Author of Station Eleven and 2014 National Book Award finalist

The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears

The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears - Dinaw Mengestu

“… there’s something hugely hopeful about [Mengestu’s] watchful honesty and egalitarian tenderness. This is a great African novel, a great Washington novel and a great American novel.” —The New York Times

Dinaw Mengestu

Named one of The New Yorker '20 Under 40' writers to watch and author of The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears and How to Read the Air

Everything I Never Told You

Everything I Never Told You - Celeste Ng

“[A] cleverly crafted, emotionally perceptive debut … Ng’s themes of assimilation are themselves deftly interlaced into a taut tale of ever deepening and quickening suspense.” —O Magazine

Celeste Ng

Author of the New York Times bestseller Everything I Never Told You

Book of Hours

Book of Hours - Kevin Young

“Young’s rhythms can feel hushed and measured like lines of prayer… or sighed out like bars of blues… Young’s poems have music within them… and it softens the blow of the truth they tow.” —The Boston Globe

Kevin Young

Award-winning poet and editor at The New Yorker