Join a nation of readers with The Big Read!

Join a nation of readers with The Big Read!

The Big Read is accepting applications from nonprofit organizations to develop community-wide reading programs between September 2014 and June 2015. 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. The application deadline is Jan. 28, 2014 by 4 p.m. CST.

Two new titles are available this year: Dinaw Mengestu’s The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears and Julie Otsuka’s When the Emperor Was Divine, bringing the Big Read library to 36 selections from American and world literature.

Eligible organizations may apply for a grant ranging from $2,500 to $20,000. In addition to the grant, organizations selected to participate receive educational and promotional materials and access to online training resources and opportunities. Approximately 75 organizations from across the country will be selected.

Visit The Big Read website to review the guidelines and application instructions and to view the list of books and other communities that have participated. Applications must be submitted electronically via eGrant on or before 4 p.m. CST on Tuesday, January 28, 2014.

The Big Read is presented by the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest.

Via: The Big Read