If you love to read, you might want to participate in the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Big Read Phoenix this month.

Phoenix Public Library is urging people to read and discuss “The Round House” by Louise Erdrich through March 31. The NEA Big Read, in partnership with Arts Midwest, aims to broaden the public’s understanding of the world, communities and ourselves via the joy of sharing a good book. Blending a coming-of-age story with elements of suspense, detective novels, a memoir and storytelling/oral history, “The Round House” is about a 13-year-old boy’s investigation and desire to seek revenge after a brutal attack on his mother. The book tells the tale of the boy and his father, a tribal judge, who is helpless as he tries to bring the attacker to justice. While the main theme in the novel is justice through the lens of tribal law and indigenous history, the book also delves into family, sexuality, relationships and religion.

The Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing at Arizona State University is one of 78 not-for-profit organizations to obtain a grant to host an NEA Big Read project between September of 2019 and June of 2020. To learn more, visit phoenixpubliclibrary.org/services/online-programs/big-read.


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