D.C. Big Read Kicks Off with HBO’s “The Wire” Producer George Pelecanos

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D.C. Big Read Kicks Off with HBO’s “The Wire” Producer George Pelecanos

Annual Celebration Promotes Reading for Pleasure

(Washington, D.C.) George Pelecanos, crime author and producer of the HBO series The Wire joined the D.C. Public Library, the National Endowment for the Arts and the D.C. Humanities Council at the 2009 Big Read Kick-off ceremony Saturday April 25 at Gallaudet University.  The annual citywide celebration, which runs from April 23 to May 23, aims to restore reading to the center of American culture.

This year people all over the city will read Carson McCullers' The Heart is a Lonely Hunter. The book follows five characters living in a small southern town that are connected to a deaf-mute loner named John Singer.  The themes of angst, isolation and racism are explored as each character pours their heart out to Singer.  

Chief Librarian Ginnie Cooper encouraged people to explore new ways of enjoying books during this year’s Big Read.

“Reading for pleasure can mean curling up for quiet reading,” said Cooper. “It also means going to a book discussion, watching a film adaptation and countless other activities.  The library is offering many opportunities to promote active reading.  Check them out.”

Other events throughout the month include an exhibit, lectures, discussions, book clubs and a workshop.  For more information visit wdchumanities.org/bigread, dclibrary.org and neabigread.org.

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