The Big Read returns in fall 2012 to Wichita Area Technical College and south-central Kansas with book discussions and special events in celebration of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s “The Great Gatsby.” Wichita is one of the longest-running Big Reads and joins only 78 communities to host a Big Read in 2012-2013 and WATC is joining in!
Read, celebrate and discuss “The Great Gatsby,” one of the 100 books that the Library of Congress has identified as shaping America. The 1925 novel depicts the Jazz Age, a term coined by Fitzgerald himself. As actor Robert Redford explains, it’s “about the American dream, even if it has to be artificially composed by an individual who was a desperate man.”
Do you think “The Great Gatsby” has earned its place on numerous “best books” lists? What is the American dream, and has it changed? Discuss these and many other questions at numerous book discussions.
Titles for young readers wishing to participate are also available.
The Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts managed by Arts Midwest and designed to revitalize the role of literature in American culture and bring the transformative power of literature into the lives of citizens. The Big Read brings together partners across the country to encourage citizens to read for pleasure and enlightenment.
Check out a couple of the ways that WATC is joining in this year’s Big Read:
“The Great Gatsby”: Display of Finery and Film
Exhibit located in the commons area inside the north entrance. Sponsored by the Humanities Department and the Library. Available 8 a.m.-8 p.m., Monday-Thursday; 8 a.m.-3 p.m., Friday; and 9 a.m.-12 p.m. on Saturday.
Monday, Sept. 24, through Monday, Oct. 22, Wichita Area Technical College – Southside, 4501 E. 47th St. S., Wichita, KS, 67210
Three One-Acts by F. Scott Fitzgerald
“The Broken Lute,” “Mr. Icky”, and “Porcelain and Pink.” Fitzgerald’s avant-garde one-act plays as featured in his collections “The Beautiful and the Damned” and “Tales of the Jazz Age.” For ages 13 and up. Free, but donations accepted. Sponsored by Wichita Area Technical College Library and South Central Kansas Library System.
2-3 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 21, Wichita Community Theatre, 258 N. Fountain, Wichita, KS, 67208, email@example.com