January 21, 2010

NH Reads To Kill a Mockingbird

The latest Big Read project from the Center for the Book at the NH State Library is The Big Read: NH Reads To Kill a Mockingbird which will be going on at 100+ venues throughout the state during March 2010.

November 15, 2007

451° Filmmaker Challenge at SNOB

This past Saturday at the SNOB Film Festival The Center for the Book had the honor of recognizing the filmmaker whose 451° Filmmaker Challenge entry "best represented the essence of the novel Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury." From the five excellent films entered into the challenge we chose The Future, made by John Herman and featuring the improv group Stranger Than Fiction was our choice.

We hope to bring you links to all of the films soon. If you are one of the filmmakers who entered the challenge and you have not talked to Kristen Harbaugh about our posting a link to your film, please get in touch with her or with me ASAP.)

November 8, 2007

Big Read - The Survey

Did you take part in The Big Read? If so, the National Endwoment for the Arts would like to hear about your Big Read experience! Feedback from readers like you will tell them what happens when communities come together to read and celebrate literature, and what the impact has been for overall reading. Completing the survey takes ten minutes or less and it is available in English or Spanish.

November 7, 2007

Events - SNOB Film Festival

The 6th annual SNOB (Somewhat North of Boston) Film Festival begins on Friday, November 9th at 7pm and wraps up with a party and awards presentation at 8:15 on Sunday, November 11th at the Red River Theater in Concord. As a partner in the Big Read: NH Reads Fahrenheit 451, The SNOB Festival has issued the 451° Filmmaker Challenge: create a film, no more than 4 minutes in length that is based on any of the themes, concepts or ideas in Fahrenheit 451 and do it in no more than 5 days. The results of this challenge will be screened on Saturday at 6:15pm in the Jaclyn Simchik Memorial Cinema at Red River Theater.

Discussion Question: Biblical Allusions

The following text is excerpted from the Big Read's Reader's Guide on Fahrenheit 451, reprinted courtesy of the National Endowment for the Arts.

Why does Montag memorize the Old Testament's Ecclesiastes and the New Testament's Revelation? How do the final two paragraphs of the novel allude to both biblical books?

Click on the comment link below (you don't need an account of any kind to leave a comment, but please include your name) and share your thoughts on this aspect of the novel.

This question is excerpted from the Big Read's Reader's Guide on Fahrenheit 451, reprinted courtesy of the National Endowment for the Arts.