NEA’s The Big Read

Book Clubs (and More!) for All Ages through the National Endowment For The Arts’ The Big Read
Come join in The Big Read at The William Grant Still Arts Center. The Big Read is a nationwide reading program that encourages people to come together through reading hosted annually by The City of Los Angeles.
A free copy of the year’s selected book is provided to all participants. If you are interested in learning more, give us a call at (323) 734-1165.
The Big Read is an initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest.


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In Spring 2016, the City of Los Angeles read this year’s selected book Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

In the early 1950s, Los Angeles author Ray Bradbury created a visionary tale of a society gone awry where firemen burn books, the state suppresses learning, and citizens sit by in drug-induced and media-saturated indifference.

The Center hosted two ongoing free programs for The Big Read about this book, which included:

  • Reading and Acting Club for Adults, January 13-May 7, Wednesdays 10:30-11:30am
    Exploring the book through reading, acting improv, and discussion. Work with theatre instructor Penelope Lowder to construct a script looking at our world today to see if we have evolved into the dystopian society that Ray Bradbury depicted as the future. Scripts will be performed as vignettes in public spaces in the neighborhood.
  • Book and Writing Club for Teens, March 17-May 7, Thursdays 4:30-6 pm
    Reading, short-story writing, and creative bookmaking project.
    Led by a professional writer, discuss the themes in the book, write your own  reflections using prose or poetry on utopian and dystopia futures, and turn your writings into a handmade book.