City to Host 9th Annual Big Read Wichita
The City of Wichita is proud to announce Big Read Wichita will return for its ninth consecutive year. Big Read Wichita is a program providing residents opportunities to experience quality literary and arts programming throughout the community that is focused around one book and its themes.
This year's Big Read Wichita selection is Ray Bradbury's classic Fahrenheit 451. The book explores themes of censorship, message control, and the efforts some will go to preserve literature and the freedom of public information.
The Wichita Public Library joins with dozens of other local organizations and community groups to provide the community with a variety of programs throughout Big Read Wichita, which runs October 1 through November 15, 2016. This year's program offers events that are a first for Big Read Wichita, including a special production by the Wichita Community Theatre and symphony performances by the Wichita Symphony Orchestra. Other featured events include a kick-off party on Saturday, October 1 at the Wichita Art Museum and a special presentation on November 5 by Ray Bradbury's official biographer, Sam Weller.
The community is encouraged to read the book, which is available for checkout in print, audio book, and as an e-book from the Wichita Public Library, as well as to attend any of the dozens of Big Read Wichita events happening throughout the community. Readers are invited to join the conversation at the Big Read's Facebook page or on Twitter using #BigReadICT.
More information on the Big Read, a media kit, and the full list of events can be found at www.bigreadwichita.org.