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NEA Big Read at UCF • Jan 14–Feb 14, 2021

A program of the National Endowment for the Arts, the NEA Big Read: Central Florida broadens our understanding of our world, our communities, and ourselves through the joy of sharing a good book. This year the NEA Big Read: Central Florida is pleased to celebrate Silver Sparrow by Tayari Jones.

NEA Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts, designed to revitalize the role of literature in American culture and to encourage citizens to read for pleasure and enlightenment.

Organizers from the School of Performing Arts, the Department of History, the UCF Gallery, and the Africana Studies program are planning more than 20 events related to this year’s novel, including discussions, an art exhibit and a production of Dominique Morisseau’s play Blood at the Root.

Seminole County Public Libraries will host daytime and evening book-discussion groups at each of its five branches, for a total of 10 book clubs early next year. Six additional book clubs are planned at the Orlando Museum of Art, the UCF Africana Studies program, Black Man’s Candor, Afro Artistry, and two at the Florida Department of Corrections’ Central Florida Reception Center.

Check back in the Fall for more details on programming, or follow us on Facebook and Twitter to hear announcements first.

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2021 marks the 10th anniversary of the publication of Tayari Jones’ award-winning novel, Silver Sparrow. Jones’ book … offers an excellent opportunity for UCF to bring impactful programs that celebrate the role of literature in our community. Our programming will coincide with UCF’s celebration of Black History Month, and we are working with Africana Studies to bring the Big Read to a new campus audience.

Keri Watson, Director of the NEA Big Read: Central Florida

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Interested in hosting a virtual book club? Want to learn more about the book?
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