The title comes from Ray Bradbury, according to the blog connected to ‘The Big Read,’ a website from the American National Endowment for the Arts. If it’s not familiar you may find some very useful (as well as delightful) materials there.
A number of novels ( e.g., by Steinbeck, Erdrich, Hurston, Fitzgerald and others) and some poetry, have been given very rich treatment with introductions to the works, a Teacher’s Guide that elaborates some approaches to the text, and a Media addition. In the case, for example, of Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451, excellent readings of passages from the novel are offered, with comments by Bradbury and others. Emily Dickinson’s poetry is accompanied by readings of the poems by Mary Jo Salter, a contemporary poet, and commentary by John Barr, a man of many interests. And there are many more.
Not the least of the site’s attractions is its blog which contains conversations with authors like Tobias Wolff; reports of community book events; quizzes on writers and their works, as well as odd facts about writers like the following: