Wichita is among 78 communities celebrating The Big Read, where communities come together to read and discuss a classic book. Wichita is reading “The Great Gatsby” during the fifth annual Big Read this fall.
A variety of events will take place throughout the city, including events at Friends University:
Brown Bag Book Discussion Group – A discussion will take place Nov. 1 at Edmund Stanley Library. Professor Vicki Ronn leads this brown bag book discussion group on "The Great Gatsby." Students, faculty, staff and the public ages 18 and older are welcome. The Library will provide beverages and dessert.
Zelda Fitzgerald: Muse to Madness – 2-3 p.m. Nov. 3, Alumni Auditorium in the Davis Administration Building. Zelda Fitzgerald herself (as portrayed by Debra Conner) shares her story of glory and disintegration. She will take the audience on a journey through memory, recounting her life as wife and muse to one of America’s greatest writers.
In addition to the library’s events, the Friends University Jazz Band paid tribute to The Jazz Age at an event Oct. 22 at the Wichita Public Library’s Rockwell Branch.
The Big Read was started by the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) to restore reading to the center of American culture. The program was sparked by a 2004 study that showed literary reading in America was declining rapidly, especially among young people. Working in partnership with Arts Midwest, the NEA has brought The Big Read to more than 400 communities since the program's 2007 national launch.
For a complete list of Big Read Wichita events, visit BigReadWichita.org, or for more information about Friends University events contact Edmund Stanley Library at 295-5880.