April 2016, Volume 20, Number 2

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Big Read Unites a Growing Community

Edwidge Danticat
Edwidge Danticat

During the month of March, MDC’s acclaimed Miami Book Fair (MBF) celebrated reading with The Big Read, a beloved literary event sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts. The community-shared reading program featured activities inspired by Edwidge Danticat’s Brother, I’m Dying, including a photography exhibit by renowned photojournalist Carl Juste, film screenings and Q&A’s with directors, a bilingual theatre performance, author presentations, a Big Night in Little Haiti celebration, an open mic and happy hour writing events. Free copies of this year’s Big Read title were handed out at all the events, which helped to bring to Miami many new stories about Haiti, Haitian-Americans and various perspectives on immigration. The programs worked to build bridges between communities, contributing to mutual understanding, respect and appreciation.

The Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest, designed to revitalize the role of reading in American culture.

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