A Lesson Before Dying Is Reading Selection for Rhodes’ Big Read


Publication Date: 6/23/2008

Rhodes is the recipient of a $12,500 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) to once again host The Big Read in Memphis. Rhodes is one of 208 libraries, municipalities, and arts, culture, higher education, and science organizations to receive the grant.

Last year, the college received the grant to host programs focusing on Harper Lee′s To Kill a Mockingbird. This year’s reading selection is Ernest Gaines’ A Lesson Before Dying with programming scheduled to begin March 2009. 

Launched nationally in 2006, The Big Read gives communities the opportunity to come together to read, discuss, and celebrate one of 23 selections from American and world literature. The NEA presents The Big Read in partnership with the Institute of Museum and Library Services and in cooperation with Arts Midwest. Support for The Big Read is provided by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.

In Memphis, Rhodes plans to partner with the Memphis Public Library, Memphis City Schools, Facing History and Ourselves, Mid-South Reads, The University of Memphis, Hollywood Community Center, and Playhouse on the Square, among others.

Those with specific inquiries about The Big Read, can contact Cathy Palmer at 901-843-3958. For a list of participating communities, visit www.neabigread.org.