Citizen was published in 2014, and it is the first work of poetry to become a New York Times bestseller. The book is a combination of poetry, commentary, visual art, quotations from artists and critics. It dives into the topic of racism in America.
The three-month-long "Big Read" program will be held in collaboration with several area organizations, such as Fresno City College, Fresno State's Henry Madden Library, Central Unified School District, Inner Ear, and the West Fresno Family Resource Center.
As part of the program, the Fresno County Public Library will host several events:
The Big Read, an initiative of the NEA and Arts Midwest, seeks to broaden our understanding of our world and the communities we live in through the bond of a good book. The program awards grants to 75 communities on an annual basis and each community picks a book that inspires conversation and discovery.
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For more information about the Big Read, other library programs, services, and specific branch hours, please go to FresnoLibrary.org, or call the Library at 559-600-7323.