What happens when almost everyone in the community reads the same book? Russell County Public Library hopes we will talk to each other: about who we are, how we view ourselves, how we are different, and how we are so very much the same—across Southwest Virginia, the United States, and the world.
We hope that we develop a greater sense of community as we talk about something we have in common—a story—even though we may have very different life experiences.
The NEA Big Read is sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest. The program is designed to broaden our understanding of our world, our communities, and ourselves through the joy of sharing a good book.
RCPL chose to make our arts connection to music because we felt it would, pardon the pun, resonate with our communities. Our region is home to some of the best music in the world and contains the roots of quintessentially American music.
Burning Bright by Ron Rash is a collection of short stories set in the Southern Appalachian Mountains we call home. You don't need to read it straight through. You can dip in and read a story.
Join us and read a little—or a lot—of Burning Bright. We are sure you will find something to talk about.
Posted by Kelly McBride Delph