April 19 - May 19.
Tonight kicks off The Big Read. Celebrating Zora Neale Hurston's Their Eyes Were Watching God, this city-wide festival and reading project, coordinated by the Humanities Council of Washington, includes readings, parties, walking tours, book discussions, film, workshops, a writing competition, and more.
The celebration starts with a Kick-Off party at MLK Library and Busboys and Poets. Other events include a reading by Hurston's neice, Lucy Hurston, author of Speak So You Can Speak Again, a film festival on films related to the book, discussion groups at DC branch libraries, a WritersCorps performance at Gala Hispanic Theater, a discussion on race, class and Hurricane Katrina at the Hip Hop Caucus Institute, a dance performance by Step Afrika!, a mother's day tea at Chapters Literary Books, and two guided walking tours of Zora Neale Hurston's Washington.
Read. Participate. Celebrate.