The Big Read Comes Back to Norman This Month

Old School by Tobias WolffThe Big Read, a program of the National Endowment for the Arts, is back at the Pioneer Library System this month. This year’s Big Read will focus on author Tobias Wolff and his novel Old School. The Big Read is in part sponsored by OU Outreach and the College of Liberal Studies.

To celebrate The Big Read and Wolff’s journey as a writer, the Pioneer Library System is hosting a date night on Thursday, April 18, at 6 p.m. at the Warren Theatre in Moore. At the event, there will be a free screening of the 1993 movie based on Wolff’s memoir This Boy’s Life. Later this month, Wolff will give a free public presentation on Thursday, April 25, at 7 p.m. at Longfellow Middle School in the auditorium. This month in Norman, there will also be a number of book discussions where attendees can chat with their peers about Old School. To search for book discussions or other Big Read events in your area, check out the Pioneer Library System's online calendar.

Tobias Wolff was born on June 19, 1945, in Birmingham, Alabama. He has written several successful memoirs, short story collections, and novels. Wolff has also taught at Syracuse University and Stanford University. The Big Read is designed to revitalize the role of literature in American society and to encourage citizens to read for pleasure and enlightenment. It provides citizens the opportunity to read and discuss a single book within their communities. Visit the Pioneer Library System's website to learn more about other programs and events in the Pioneer Library System.

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Ann White

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