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The Big Read: Peoria Reads!

The Great Gatsby


Monday, February 4th, 2010


The Great Gatsby may be the most popular classic in modern American fiction. Since its publication in 1925, this F. Scott Fitzgerald masterpiece has become a touchstone for generations of readers and writers. The story of Jay Gatsby’s desperate quest to win back his first love reverberates with themes at once characteristically American and universally human. Though The Great Gatsby runs to fewer than 200 pages, there is no bigger read in American literature.

The Big Read: Peoria Reads!, funded by a special grant from the National Endowment of the Arts, invites everyone to discover—or rediscover—the fun of reading literature for pleasure by bringing communities together to read, discuss, and celebrate The Great Gatsby.

Get involved simply by reading the book … for yourself, with a book club or in your classroom. Then join us for one of our special events with NPR’s Fresh Air book critic and Gatsby expert Maureen Corrigan, or actress Debra Conner as Zelda Fitzgerald.

Copies of the book, a reader’s guide, a teacher’s guide, companion books for young readers, and an audio CD with interviews with Robert Redford and others about the book are all available from the project leaders, Common Place and Peoria Public Library. More information about the project, the book, the author, sponsors and event dates are available online at www.bigreadpeoriareads.org.


For further information contact Roberta Koscielski at Peoria Public Library at 497-2186 or email her at RobertaKoscielski@ppl.peoria.lib.il.us.




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