TribLIVE

| News


 
Larger text Larger text Smaller text Smaller text | Order Photo Reprints

CCAC making 'Big' effort to promote literacy

Heidi Murrin | Tribune-Review
Barbara Evans, associate dean of academic affairs at CCAC South, poses with the book 'The Heart is a Lonely Hunter' by Carson McCullers on Feb. 18, 2013. Evans is project director for the Big Read, a monthlong series of free outreach events designed to promote literacy, reading and community engagement.

The Big Read

For details on Big Read events, call 412-469-6301 or visit www.ccac.edu, click on “About CCAC” and then “CCAC Events.”

Daily Photo Galleries

Allegheny Photo Galleries

Monday, Feb. 25, 2013, 12:01 a.m.
 

Community College of Allegheny County is hoping to bring readers across the region together with one book.

The Big Read, a monthlong series of free events to promote literacy, reading and community engagement, will kick off at 6 p.m. Thursday in the August Wilson Center for African American Culture, Downtown.

The initiative focuses on Carson McCullers' novel “The Heart is a Lonely Hunter” and will include dozens of events across Western Pennsylvania. The project is the result of a partnership between CCAC and 17 organizations — school districts, libraries, correctional facilities and theaters — called One College ... One Community.

“It really allows us to connect to the community,” said Barbara Evans, associate dean of academic affairs at CCAC South and Big Read project director.

This is the event's second year in Pittsburgh. Last year's Big Read focused on Zora Neale Hurston's novel “Their Eyes Were Watching God.”

A $15,000 National Endowment for the Arts grant enables CCAC to provide more than 700 books, DVDs and audio books to partners throughout the region.

Mayor Luke Ravenstahl proclaimed Thursday as “Big Read Day” in the city. Book discussions, film viewings and writing workshops about McCullers' novel and its themes will continue through April.

“The Heart is a Lonely Hunter,” published in 1940, centers on the experiences of a deaf man in the racially charged atmosphere of the Depression-era South.

“It's realistic in terms of how people deal with isolation,” Evans said.

Courtney George, director of the Carson McCullers Center for Writers and Musicians at Columbus State University in Columbus, Ga., McCullers' birthplace, will speak at the kickoff event.

“McCullers' work usually addresses many social issues, like class oppression, race oppression and gender oppression,” George said. “In some way, everybody can relate.”

McCullers died in 1967 at age 50. In addition to novels, she wrote essays, plays and short stories. “The Heart is a Lonely Hunter” was her first novel.

Rachel Weaver is a Trib Total Media staff writer. Reach her at 412-320-7948 or rweaver@tribweb.com.

 

 

 
 


Show commenting policy

Most-Read Allegheny

  1. Nude photos of Penn Hills High School students spur investigation
  2. Sham utility workers take Robinson couple for cash, jewels worth thousands
  3. Ferrante, wife were at odds over trip
  4. Legionnaires’ case was contracted elsewhere, Pittsburgh VA hospital says
  5. Quiet move to Adams didn’t prevent woman’s slaying
  6. $412K sought to add lighting in East Liberty
  7. Ferrante suicide letter says he did not kill wife
  8. Police ID naked man who fell over Shaler hillside
  9. Warrant issued for North Side teen in Penn Hills shooting
  10. Moon Area School District considers installing solar panels for electricity
  11. Pittsburgh forum on bullying urges vigilance
Subscribe today! Click here for our subscription offers.