An initiative of the NEA in partnership with Arts Midwest, the Big Read project aims to broaden understanding of our world and our communities through the joy of sharing a good book. The NEA Big Read in the Bemidji region will focus on “The Round House” by author Louise Erdrich. Activities will take place throughout the fall and spring semesters at BSU. The main feature of the initiative is a grants program, managed by Arts Midwest, which annually supports dynamic community reading programs, each designed around a single National Endowment for the Arts Big Read selection. Starting Oct 14 and going for a month there will be various activities, panels, and discussions. A more detailed calendar will be out on a later date.