Mark Twain’s “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer” is the Big Read selection for the Wabash Valley this year. A book discussion is planned for 6:30 p.m. March 12 at Rockville Public Library. Lisa Summers, from Rockville Correctional Facility, will be leading the discussion.
“The Adventures of Tom Sawyer” is a book for all ages. It is not merely a literary classic; it is part of the American imagination. More than any other work in our culture, it established America’s vision of childhood. Mark Twain created two fictional boys, Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn, who still seem more real than most of the people we know. Twain reminded adults that children were not angels but fellow human beings. Neither American literature nor America has ever been the same.
The Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts designed to revitalize the role of literary reading in American popular culture.
“Reading at Risk: A Survey of Literary Reading in America” identified a critical decline in reading for pleasure among American adults. The Big Read addresses this issue by bringing communities together to read, discuss and celebrate books and writers from American and world literature.
The Rockville Public Library, Rockville Correctional Facility and Rockville High School are participating in the program with the Vigo County Public Library. It is a free program. Free books are also available at Rockville Public Library, while supplies last.