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NEA Big Read: Cape Fear As part of the NEA Big Read: Cape Fear, UNCW’s Office of the Arts and Randall Library are hosting a collaborative, year-long effort to promote literacy in Wilmington and the broader Cape Fear region. Programming for the NEA Big Read: Cape Fear spans three counties and includes community book reads, discussions, family-friendly events, book clubs, teacher trainings, performances, story times, and art festivals that focus their efforts on Yaa Gyasi's Homegoing and other companion titles.  

NEA Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest. The NEA Big Read: Cape Fear is sponsored by the Arts Council of Wilmington & New Hanover County and the Brunswick Arts Council. 

For more information, contact Cara Marsicano (marsicanoc@uncw.edu

Read the full press release here.


Como parte del programa NEA Big Read: Cape Fear y la Oficina de Arte & la Biblioteca Randall de UNCW están organizando una colaboración de un año con el objetivo de promover la alfabetización en nuestra comunidad y la región de Cape Fear. La programación de NEA Big Read: Cape Fear, será parte de tres condados e incluye lectura de libros, debates, eventos familiares, clubs de lecturas, capacitaciones para maestros, presentaciones, cuentos y festivales artísticos centrados en el libro Homegoing de Yaa Gyasi y otros títulos complementarios.

NEA Big Read es un programa del Fondo Nacional de las Artes en asociación con Artes del Medio Oeste. El NEA Big Read: Cape Fear está patrocinado por el Consejo de las Artes de Wilmington & New Hanover y el Consejo de las Artes de Brunswick.


List of Events

Small Wonders: The Year We Learned to Fly Activity Table 

Saturday, Oct. 1
10 a.m.
Cape Fear Museum

Discover the wonders of our world through guided stories, songs, games and hands-on activities centered around the NEA Big Read companion title, The Year we Learned to Fly! This program is ideal for children aged 3-6 and their adult helpers.

Author Visit with Barbara Wright

Tuesday, Nov. 1
Murray Middle School


NEA Big Read companion title, Crow, is a work of historical fiction that explores the events of 1898 through the eyes of 11-year-old protagonist, Moses, a boy who is one generation removed from slavery. Barbara Wright will speak with Murray Middle School’s Falcon Family Book Club about history, writing, and the power of fiction. This event is closed to the public. 

Author Visit with Barbara Wright

Wednesday, Nov. 2
11 a.m.
Cape Fear Literacy Council, Building B


The Cape Fear Literacy Council will host Barbara Wright, Author of NEA Big Read Companion title, Crow, as she delves into research, process, and storytellingThis event is free and open to the public. Seats are limited, and reservations are required. Please RSVP at www.cfliteracy.org/events

Author Visit with Barbara Wright

Thursday, Nov. 3
D.C. Virgo Preparatory Academy


NEA Big Read companion title, Crow, is a work of historical fiction that explores the events of 1898 through the eyes of 11-year-old protagonist, Moses, a boy who is one generation removed from slavery. Barbara Wright will speak with the students of D.C. Virgo Preparatory Academy about history, writing, and the power of fiction. This event is closed to the public. 

Author Visit with Barbara Wright

Friday, Nov. 4
4 p.m.
Brunswick County Libraries
Southwest Brunswick Branch Library


Brunswick County Public Library will host Barbara Wright, Author of NEA Big Read Companion title, Crow. This work of historical fiction explores the events of 1898 through the eyes of 11-year-old protagonist, Moses, a boy who is one generation removed from slavery. Join us at Brunswick County Library for a deep dive into Barbara’s Writing Process. This event is open to the public. 

Cape Fear Rising: Author Visit with Philip Gerard

Saturday, Nov. 5
1 p.m.
Pender County Public Library, Main Branch 


Join us at Pender County Public Library Main Branch to meet local author, Philip Gerard, and discover his acclaimed novel, Cape Fear Rising! Based on actual events, Cape Fear Rising tells a story of one city's racial nightmare—a nightmare that was repeated throughout the South at the turn of the century. Although told as fiction, the core of this novel strikes at the heart of racial strife in America. This event is open to the public.  

NEA Big Read Kick-Off Event

Thursday, Nov. 10
5 - 7 p.m.
New Hanover Room, Main NHC Library 

Join UNCW's Office of the Arts, the New Hanover County Public Library, and Tim Pinnick of the New Hanover County Community Remembrance Project for a program discussing the NEA Big Read book Homegoing by Yaa Gayasi, a brief introduction to library resources, and an in-depth look at African American genealogy. Light refreshments will be served from 5:00-5:30pm, and the program will run from 5:30-6:45pm.

Click here to Register! (75 Seats available)

Small Wonders: The Year We Learned to Fly Reading and Activity Table 

Saturday, Nov. 12
10 a.m.
Cape Fear Museum

Join the Cape Fear Museum for a reading of the NEA Big Read companion title, The Year we Learned to Fly! After the reading, discover the wonders of our world through guided stories, songs, games and hands-on activities. This program is ideal for children aged 3-6 and their adult helpers. 

Small Wonders: The Year We Learned to Fly Activity Table 

Satuday, Dec. 3
10 a.m.
Cape Fear Museum

Discover the wonders of our world through guided stories, songs, games and hands-on activities centered around the NEA Big Read companion title, The Year we Learned to Fly! This program is ideal for children aged 3-6 and their adult helpers.

Small Wonders: The Year We Learned to Fly Activity Table 

Saturday, Jan. 7, 2023
10 a.m.
Cape Fear Museum

Discover the wonders of our world through guided stories, songs, games and hands-on activities centered around the NEA Big Read companion title, The Year we Learned to Fly! This program is ideal for children aged 3-6 and their adult helpers.

Interactive Musical Storytime: Change Sings

Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2023
10 a.m.
G.V. Barbee Library

Join your friends at G.V. Barbee Library on Oak Island for an interactive story time celebrating music, helping others, and making the world a better place. We will read Change Sings by Amanda Gorman and other books that celebrate music and using our talents to change the world! There will be plenty of music, so bring your dancing shoes! Ideal for children ages 2-6 and their adult helpers.

One Noble Journey: A Mike Wiley Production

Friday, Jan. 20, 2023
7:30 p.m.
 
Kenan Auditorium 


Join us in Kenan Auditorium for One Noble Journey: A Mike Wiley Production. This riveting one-man-play stars characters born into slavery, and chronicles multiple stories of ingenious escape. To purchase tickets, please contact the Kenan Auditorium box office. 

Cape Fear Rising: Author Visit with Philip Gerard

Thursday, Jan. 26, 2023
2 p.m. 
801 Ocean Event Center, 801 Ocean Drive, Oak Island


Join us at 801 Ocean for a visit with Philip Gerard, author of Celebrated novel, Cape Fear Rising. Based on actual events, Cape Fear Rising tells a story of one city's racial nightmare—a nightmare that was repeated throughout the South at the turn of the century. Although told as fiction, the core of this novel strikes at the heart of racial strife in America. This event is hosted by Brunswick County Public Library and is open to the public. Please call Barbee Library at 910-278-4283 to register.

Small Wonders: The Year We Learned to Fly Activity Table 

Saturday, Feb. 4. 2023
10 a.m.
Cape Fear Museum

Discover the wonders of our world through guided stories, songs, games and hands-on activities centered around the NEA Big Read companion title, The Year we Learned to Fly! This program is ideal for children aged 3-6 and their adult helpers.

Small Wonders: The Year We Learned to Fly Activity Table 

Saturday, March 4, 2023
10 a.m.
Cape Fear Museum

Discover the wonders of our world through guided stories, songs, games and hands-on activities centered around the NEA Big Read companion title, The Year we Learned to Fly! This program is ideal for children aged 3-6 and their adult helpers.

Small Wonders: The Year We Learned to Fly Reading and Activity Table 

Saturday, Apr. 29, 2023
10 a.m.
Cape Fear Museum

Join the Cape Fear Museum for a reading of the NEA Big Read companion title, The Year we Learned to Fly! After the reading, discover the wonders of our world through guided stories, songs, games and hands-on activities. This program is ideal for children aged 3-6 and their adult helpers. 



NEA Big Read Featured Title

Homecoming book cover Homegoing is an expansive novel about the legacy of chattel slavery by African-born writer Yaa Gyasi spanning eight generations. The novel begins with the parallel lives of two half-sisters from Ghana in the 18th century and follows their descendants through periods of history that include the American Civil War and Jazz Age Harlem.

Randall Library's 2022 Big Read Guide - Homegoing

 Click here to see this year's NEA Big Read companion titles!


 Additional Resources


NEA Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest.  

The National Endowment for the Arts Big Read is designed to broaden our understanding of our world, our communities, and ourselves through the joy of sharing a good book. UNCW is one of 70+ nonprofit organizations to receive a grant to host an NEA Big Read project.  

The NEA Big Read: Cape Fear was made possible by our community sponsors which include the Brunswick Arts Council and the Arts Council of Wilmington and New Hanover County.