FESTIVAL: "The Big Read Kick-Off"

This event is part of a series of events called The Big Read.

The Friends and Monroe County Library present The Big Read from September 1, 2017 through April 30, 2018. The Big Read is a National Endowment for the Arts supported program to encourage reading and broaden our understanding of our world, our communities, and ourselves through the joy of sharing a good book. Monroe County residents are invited to participate through a community-wide reading of Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng—a gripping and sensitive family portrait about the immigrant and bi-racial American experience. The novel follows a Chinese American family in 1970s small-town Ohio as they try to understand the death of the oldest daughter, Lydia. It explores "alienation, achievement, race, gender, family, and identity—as the police must unravel what has happened to Lydia, the Lee family must uncover the sister and daughter that they hardly knew…” ( The Friends and Monroe County Library and community partners will present a series of programs to encourage discussion of the issues presented in the book. Community members will be engaged through book discussions, art talks, panel discussions on the local immigrant experience, readers’ theater, a photography exhibit, films, wisdom circles, and more. The main event will be the biennial Power of Words author talk on November 17, 2017 with novelist Jamie Ford, author of Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet.

Saturday September 30, 2017 12:00 PM
Saturday September 30, 2017 05:00 PM
Waldron, Hill and Buskirk Park, 312 South Washington Street, Bloomington, Indiana 47401
Emily Bedwell, Friends Board Member and Programming Chair
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This event is part of Themester 2017 Diversity Difference Otherness.
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