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Big D Reads: The Outsiders & SE Hinton!

Big D Reads is only a few weeks away and we’re excited to announce a social media contest to get you ready for The Outsiders! Post pics of you and your friends reading The Outsiders in your favorite spots all over town, tagging the pictures with ‪#‎ponyboywashere‬ on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook. We will pick a winner every week starting now through…

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Growing up with Science Fiction

Last night, Wordspace hosted a discussion at the Half Price Books on Northwest Highway. This event was in conjunction with the Big Read and Wordspace’s OffWorld science fiction readers’ club. The theme revolved around “growing up with science fiction.” Charles Dee Mitchell moderated the panel with Jerome Weeks (KERA radio producer and friend of books), Ken Ruffin (president of the…

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Reader for Life

Today, we distributed copies of Fahrenheit 451 to the ninth and tenth graders at Trinidad Garza Early College High School. It was a great event. Mountain View College President Felix Zamora gave a few opening remarks, as well as Trini Garza principal Dr. Janice Lombardi. Dallas City Council member Delia Jasso was our keynote speaker. Best of all, the school’s…

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Trinidad Garza to host book distribution event this Friday

To celebrate The Big Read book distribution, Trinidad Garza Early College High School is hosting a kick-off event on Friday, March 15th. Dallas City Councilmember Delia Jasso will be speaking, along with Principal Janice Lombardi and D Academy member David Hopkins. Trinidad Garza’s step team will perform a specially prepared routine inspired by Fahrenheit 451. The event will be held…

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College-Bound? Education Is Freedom Offers Free Financial Aid Advice On February 16

News of a free federal financial aid seminar just landed in my inbox via Dallas nonprofit Education Is Freedom. Since I spent this morning at Seagoville High School, I’ve got this sort of thing on the brain. If you know a college-age student (or the parents of one) who could use assistance filling out all those confusing financial forms, such…

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Director of George W. Bush Presidential Library to Speak at Highland Park Cafeteria

If you’re as excited about the opening of George W. Bush Presidential Library as I am, you can’t miss this Sunday event. On January 13 at 5 p.m., director Alan C. Lowe will be giving a visual presentation at Highland Park Cafeteria of his mission and plans for the new library on SMU’s campus. A limited number of Presidential Library…

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The Untortured Artist

Taken from the New York Times, “Lessons for the Living From the Departed,” some thoughts on what Ray Bradbury’s life teaches us about creating with joy: Shortly before his 90th birthday, when asked which moment of his life he’d return to were time travel possible, Ray Bradbury told his interviewer: “Every. Single. Moment. Every single moment of my life has…

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Five Reasons Why You Should Date a Reader

I must confess. I’ve always wanted to write for a women’s magazine, something where I get to make a list, overuse the second person “you,” and offer crazy relationship advice. (Also on my bucket list: I’d like to write about abs for Men’s Health. This is especially humorous if you’ve seen me in person.) These women’s magazines are so intriguing…

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Forget Black Friday. Giving Tuesday!

Black Friday. Cyber Monday. Poor lonely Tuesday. Happily, the 92nd Street Y in New York City is spearheading this idea of #GivingTuesday. The Big Read is taking part. If you love us (or even just Like us), please think about donating to The Big Read instead of/along with purchasing a new TV to replace your perfectly awesome TV that you…

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