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The Big Read book this year is A Lesson Before Dying by Ernest J. Gaines. The story takes place on a plantation in Louisiana, where, although blacks are free, their lives have not changed that much since slavery. Told in a realistic, matter-of-fact way, the book depicts a young man on death row for a crime he did not commit and a teacher who is tasked by his aunt who raised him to try to help the young man die with dignity.
ProgramsAttend programs across the city from April 17 - May 15, 2010 celebrating A Lesson Before Dying by Ernest J. Gaines. Search Big Read programs by month.
Participate in DC Reads 2011.
Volunteer OpportunitiesLearn how you can help with Big Read.
About the AuthorRead Ernest J. Gaines' bio.
Check It OutFind copies of A Lesson Before Dying.
Online Book Discussions
The Washington Post hosts live book chats at noon on April 19, April 26, May 3 and May 10. Join the discussion. Missed the last three live chats? Read the transcripts.
Monday, May 10, 2010
Lisa Frazier Page Discusses A Lesson Before Dying
Noon - 1 p.m.
*The Chat Room will open at 11:00 a.m. for questions/comments
Lisa Frazier Page, an editor and award-winning reporter at The Washington Post, is co-author of A Mighty Long Way: My Journey to Justice at Little Rock Central High School. Lisa is a graduate of New Orleans’s Dillard University and holds a master’s degree from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism. She grew up in Bogalusa, Louisiana, and lives in the Washington, D.C. area with her husband and four children.
Check out A Mighty Long Way: My Journey to Justice at Little Rock Central High School from your library or purchase copies at Amazon.com or BarnesandNoble.com.
A Conversation with Ernest J. GainesWatch a video interview with the author.
Free Movie PassPrint your screening pass for a free showing of A Lesson Before Dying at Regal Gallery Place Stadium 14.
Where Has Your Book Traveled?The Library will giveaway copies of A Lesson Before Dying at some events. In exchange for the free book, we want you to e-mail us the places your book has traveled throughout the year at email@example.com. Continue to send your emails even when the program ends on May 15. A SPECIAL GIFT to the first 50 people to e-mail.
Radio ShowListen to actors...as they read from A Lesson Before Dying. Listen now to Track 1 and Track 2.
Discussion QuestionsEncourage family and friends to talk about the book. Use these questions to start your discussion.
Works by Ernest J. GainesRead these books written by Gaines.
Related WorksEnjoy additional books related to the Big Read selection.
Special thanks to:
Community Partners: Boys Town Washington D.C., Carver Mansions, Congress Heights Senior Wellness Center, Coolidge Senior High School, Politics and Prose, Roots Junior High School, The Links Inc., and The School Without Walls Senior High School
Visit neabigread.org for more Big Read information.
The Big Read is an initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with the Institute of Museum and Library Services and Arts Midwest, and funded in part by the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities.