The Big Read is a program that encourages literacy and reading in diverse communities. The Bronx Writers Center launches a celebration for a book title when awarded, hosting book discussions, special keynote presentations and performing arts events throughout the Bronx. Great Tales and Poems of Edgar Allan Poe was the Big Read selection in 2014, where Bronxites had the opportunity to celebrate Poe’s literary genius at over a dozen events held borough-wide. We’ll be celebrating the brilliance of Ursula LeGuin’s timely fantasy classic A Wizard of Earthsea in spring 2017, so be sure to sign up for our newsletter if you aren't receiving it already. The Big Read is a program of National Endowment for the Arts and Arts Midwest.


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The melancholy, brilliance, passionate lyricism, and torment of Edgar Allen Poe are all well represented in this collection. Here, in one volume, are his masterpieces of mystery, terror, humor, and adventure, including stories such as The Tell-Tale Heart, The Cask of Amontillado, The Black Cat, The Masque of the Red Death, The Murders in the Rue Morgue, and The Pit and the Pendulum, and his finest lyric and narrative poetry—The Raven and Annabel Lee, to name just a few—that defined American romanticism and secured Poe as one of the most enduring literary voices of the 19th Century.


The Big Read is an initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with the Institute of Museum and Library Services and Arts Midwest. For more information, visit Additional support is provided by the Robert Bowne Foundation and the New Yankee Stadium Community Benefits Fund Inc., and the Westchester Square Branch of the New York Public Library. Additional support was provided by the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, NYS Council on the Arts, Lambent Foundation Fund of Tides Foundation, and NYC Council Member James Vacca.


Special thanks to our

Big Read Library Partner

The Westchester Square Branch

for the New York Public Library

2014-15 Press Release

2014-15 Flyer

About The Big Read

The Big Read is a program of the National Endowment of the Arts that encourages literacy and reading culture in local communities.

The inaugural Big Read in the Bronx was held in March and April of 2008, with a celebration of the classic novel, To Kill a Mockingbird.

More than 1,200 free books were distributed, many to individuals who had never owned a book before.

Previous Key Partners were The New York Yankees Foundation, The New York Times, Barnes & Noble and Hostos Community College of the City University of New York..

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