The Big Read and the 2017 Festival


If you live in Central Virginia, we hope you’re already aware that the Jefferson Madison Regional Library (JMRL) is once again hosting the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Big Read, a program designed to revitalize the role of literature in American culture. Coinciding with the Virginia Festival of the Book, the NEA Big Read brings together partners across the country to encourage citizens to read for pleasure and enlightenment.

For the 2017 Big Read, JMRL has chosen to focus on Silver Sparrow by Tayari Jones, which centers around a breathtaking story about a man’s deception, a family’s complicity, and the two teenage girls caught in the middle. The library hopes all residents of Central Virginia will read and discuss the book and related works, and attend related library programs throughout the month of March. These related programs at JMRL will focus specifically on underrepresented groups and how these stories can influence our perspective of the world around us.

Among these programs are a variety of 2017 Virginia Festival of the Book programs, which you can explore by clicking hereFrom the inspiring stories of the women scientists in Margot Lee Shetterly‘s Hidden Figures and Dava Sobel‘s The Glass Universe, to the politics of race in Blackballed by Lawrence Ross, Jr. and Shantytown, USA by Lisa Goffwe are honored to have Festival programs included in this initiative again this year.

For more information about JMRL’s Big Read program, click here.

For more information on Festival programs that are part of the Big Read, click here to search by topic.