NEA Big Read: Can't We Talk About Something More Pleasant?

March 6, 2023

Have you heard of The Big Read?  The program is a partnership between the National Endowment for the Arts and Arts Midwest—broadening our understanding of our world, our neighbors, and ourselves through the power of a shared reading experience.  Showcasing a diverse range of themes, voices, and perspectives, the NEA Big Read aims to inspire meaningful conversations, artistic responses, and new discoveries and connections in each community.

Join Savannah Ball, Wichita Public Library Education and Engagement Manager, and Dr. Nicole Rogers, Chair of the Public Health Sciences department, and the Aging Program at Wichita State University, as they explain the NEA Big Read: Wichita program, as well as the 2023 selection entitled, Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant?  The graphic novel by well-known cartoonist, Roz Chast, is a finalist for the National Book Award and winner of the Kirkus Prize, the National Book Critics Circle Award, and the Books for a Better Life Award.  The memoir tells the story of Chast’s parents’ final years through cartoons, family photos, found documents, and narrative prose. “So many have faced (or will face) the situation that the author details, but no one could render it like she does” (Kirkus).

Don’t let the seriousness of the topic detour you from attending this Rotary Meeting.  Truth is we all fall into these important conversations with our friends and family.  Our hope is you will walk away feeling inspired, empowered, and equipped with new tools to help you, your businesses, and your community with an experience everyone is going to face in their lifetime.

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