|The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain||2009|
|The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton||2009|
|Bless Me, Ultima by Rudolfo Anaya||2009|
|The Bridge of San Luis Rey by Thornton Wilder||2009|
|The Call of the Wild by Jack London||2009|
|Complete Stories and Poems of Edgar Allan Poe by Edgar Allan Poe||2009|
|The Death of Ivan Ilych & Hadyi Murad by Leo Tolstoy||2009|
|The Death of Ivan Ilyich by Leo Tolstoy||2009|
|Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury||2009|
|A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway||2009|
|The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck||2009|
|The Heart is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers||2009|
|Housekeeping by Marilynne Robinson||2009|
|The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan||2009|
|A Lesson Before Dying by Ernest J. Gaines||2009|
|Love Medicine by Louise Erdrich||2009|
|The Maltese Falcon by Dashiell Hammett||2009|
|My Ántonia by Willa Cather||2009|
|Old School by Tobias Wolff||2009|
|Poe: Poetry and Tales by Edgar Allan Poe||2009|
|Poems of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow||2009|
|The Selected Poetry of Robinson Jeffers by Robinson Jeffers||2009|
|The Shawl: A Story and Novella by Cynthia Ozick||2009|
|Sun, Stone, and Shadows 20 Great Mexican Short Stories (Tezontle) by Jorge F. Hernandez||2009|
|The Thief and the Dogs by Naguib Mahfouz||2009|
|The Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien||2009|
|To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee||2009|
|Washington Square by Henry James||2009|
|A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K. Le Guin||2009|
The Big Read is an initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts, designed to restore reading to the center of American culture. The NEA presents The Big Read in partnership with the Institute of Museum and Library Services and in cooperation with Arts Midwest. The Big Read brings together partners across the country to encourage reading for pleasure and enlightenment.
The Big Read answers a big need. Reading at Risk: A Survey of Literary Reading in America, a 2004 report by the National Endowment for the Arts, found that not only is literary reading in America declining rapidly among all groups, but that the rate of decline has accelerated, especially among the young. The concerned citizen in search of good news about American literary culture would study the pages of this report in vain.
The Big Read aims to address this crisis squarely and effectively. It provides citizens with the opportunity to read and discuss a single book within their communities. The initiative includes innovative reading programs in selected cities and towns, comprehensive resources for discussing classic literature, an ambitious national publicity campaign, and an extensive Web site providing comprehensive information on authors and their works.
Each community event lasts approximately one month and includes a kick-off event to launch the program locally, ideally attended by the mayor and other local luminaries; major events devoted specifically to the book (panel discussions, author reading, and the like); events using the book as a point of departure (film screenings, theatrical readings, and so forth); and book discussions in diverse locations and aimed at a wide range of audiences.