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Forget Black Friday. Giving Tuesday!

Black Friday. Cyber Monday. Poor lonely Tuesday. Happily, the 92nd Street Y in New York City is spearheading this idea of #GivingTuesday. The Big Read is taking part. If you love us (or even just Like us), please think about donating to The Big Read instead of/along with purchasing a new TV to replace your perfectly awesome TV that you…

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The Big Read Dallas Partners With Dallas ISD Teen Board

Jacki McFarland, manager of Dallas ISD student initiatives, has a sweet Southern drawl that makes you feel wrapped inside a warm blanket. She’s a wonderful lady, and she has readily agreed to help D Academy with The Big Read Dallas project. Yesterday afternoon, Krista Nightengale and I presented in front of McFarland and the Dallas ISD Teen Board, a group…

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We’re Not Saying That If You Read Fahrenheit 451, You’ll Get Rich

But we’re not not saying that, either. A bit unrelated to the general purpose of this blog, but a dude in Massachusetts found $20,000 in a used book. Like a fool good person, he’s trying to find the original owner. All this goes to show, reading is valuable, folks. And that previously owned book you bought at Half Price might…

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Bradbury Knew That Being a Nerd Takes Courage

“I’ve noticed a certain anti-intellectualism going around this country, ever since 1980. Coincidentally enough.  I went to a Waffle House. I sat down, and I’m eating, and I’m reading a book. I’m alone. I’m eating. And I’m reading a book. This waitress comes over to me. ‘Whatcha reading for?’ Wow. I’ve never been asked that. Not ‘what am I reading,’…

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Why Fahrenheit 451 ?

The deadline for the grant for The Big Read was nearing. In our defense, we had just heard about the program and just found our partner. It was a cool Saturday afternoon in January. A handful of us gathered in the conference room in D‘s office. We were all sitting around the table looking at the list of books the…

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The Power of Words: How Fahrenheit 451 Inspired a 13-year-old Boy to Think Outside the Box

It seems strange, looking back now, how much one book—one I first read when I was 13 years old—would influence my career, and my thoughts about the world. The book is Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury, and I was in eighth grade. I wasn’t a particular fan of Bradbury’s, or of science fiction, or of keeping up with teacher-assigned reading….

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Friends of Dallas Public Library and D Magazine Recipients of One of The Big Read’s 78 Nationwide Grants

July 10, 2012—Dallas, TX — The Friends of the Dallas Public Library (FoDPL) and D Magazine’s new leadership group, D Academy, received a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) to host The Big Read during the month of April 2013. The Big Read is an initiative of the NEA to restore reading to the center of American…

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