This year there are seven counties participating in the Vigo County Library’s “Big Read”, and there is an additional component to the literary effort.
The community reading project features Zora Neale Hurston’s book “Their Eyes Were Watching God”. For the first time, local production company, Theater 7, is a partner. The company will produce “Spunk” which is a musical adaption of the book.
“It’s full of joy and life and we need a little bit of that nowadays,” said Jeff Lorick. The three part play centers around the Harlem Renaissance era, focusing on love, struggle and the joy found in between. The show starts February 17 at the Indiana Theater.
The Big Read book is available now. “The idea of the Big Read is to spark community conversations, and to spark ideas within the community, and to share ideas, and for the entire community to read the book at the same time,” said Elizabeth Scamihorn.
The library received a $16,000 grant from the National Endowment of the Arts. The library used the grant to purchase 3,000 copies of Hurston’s book. The copies are freely given away to interested community members.
Big Read counties include Vigo, Sullivan, Parke, Vermillion, Clay and Clark and Edgar in Illinois.