The Community Gathers Around A Book
Each fall, the Mid-Hudson region celebrates the power and joy of literature as the community gathers for the annual NEA Big Read. This year, the Big Read runs from October 12 through November 16 and spotlights stories from Appalachia.
The five week program, coordinated by the Poughkeepsie Public Library District, presents 55 public events from thirty-five partner organizations. The 2019 featured literature is the short story collection, Burning Bright, by Appalachian native Ron Rash. The companion book for Middle School readers is Saving Wonder by Mary Knight.
Author Ron Rash is the featured speaker at the Kick-Off event on Saturday, October 12 at 2 pm at Boardman Road Branch Library. Multi-instrumentalist Tom Walker provides a warm musical welcome. The week continues with two other music events, a documentary screening, several book discussions, a tasting event, a collage workshop for adults, and tops off with an extraordinary event at the Bardavon 1869 Opera House in Poughkeepsie. On Saturday, October 19 at 7 pm, Appalachian Fusion takes over the Bardavon with music and dance by Vanaver Caravan, several short stories read by acclaimed actors Melissa Leo and Michael O'Keefe, and a photo-montage from the FDR Presidential Library archives. This is a free event.
2019 is the thirteenth year that the Poughkeepsie Public Library District has coordinated the community-wide Big Read program. The NEA Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest. The Big Read is designed to broaden our understanding of our world, our communities, and ourselves through the joy of sharing a good book. Local book clubs are encouraged to participate and can register their interest at poklib.org/events/nea-big-read-2019/
The Boardman Road Branch Library is at 141 Boardman Road. For more information on the NEA Big Read 2019, follow the Library District on Facebook, visit poklib.org/events/nea-big-read-2019/ or call (845)485-3445 x 3702.