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Posted on: January 11, 2023

National Endowment of the Arts Grant Awarded to Irving Public Library

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Irving Public Library is excited to announce this year’s NEA Big Read selection - Interior Chinatown by Charles Yu. The winner of the 2020 National Book Award for fiction, Interior Chinatown is a hilarious and moving exploration of Hollywood and the Asian-American experience. Irving citizens chose Interior Chinatown as their NEA Big Read selection through a community-wide vote.


NEA Big Read is a month-long community event taking place April 10 through May 13, 2023. A lion dance launches the festivities at Valley Ranch Library on April 10. The official NEA Big Read kick-off, Exterior Chinatown, will take place on April 15 at Heritage Park showcasing cultural performances, martial arts demonstrations, crafts and more.


Throughout April and May each library location will host Little Chinatown events for all ages. Events include a tea ceremony, kung fu sessions, calligraphy classes and a screenwriting class. Each location will also host special storytime events for children. Free copies of Interior Chinatown will be available at library locations and programs while supplies last.  

There will be multiple book club options for community members to discuss Interior Chinatown.  


The NEA Big Read will culminate with an in-person keynote address and audience Q&A session with the book's author, Charles Yu, on May 13 at the Irving Arts Center.

A full calendar of events will be available soon!


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. Irving Public Library is one of 70+ nonprofit organizations to receive a grant to host an NEA Big Read project. 

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