Regional community event entails reading ‘The House on Mango Street’
The Arts Alliance of Southern Indiana, along with various regional partners, kicked off the SoIN Big Read earlier this month.
“We are thrilled to kick off the SoIN Big Read with our partners, the Floyd County Library, Jeffersonville Township Public Library, Harrison County Public Library, Jeffersonville Public Art Commission,and Community Action of Southern Indiana,” said Brian Bell, AASI executive director. “The SoIN Big Read will promote a regional community reading event of ‘The House on Mango Street’.”
More than 1,000 copies of the novel, which was written in 1984 by Sandra Cisneros, will be distributed at no cost at locations throughout Southern Indiana. Each SoIN Big Read partnering organization will host book-related programming, including book discussions, workshops and podcasts with the intention of fostering engagement and discussion of the book.
“The House on Mango Street approaches the complexities of living life and growing through struggles of cultural, social and gender challenges. It is a book for everyone,” Bell said. “We have chosen this title because of its broad spectrum of relatability to a diverse community. The sharing of stories that expose struggle and aspiration in everyday life connect us and strengthen community. This is our intent with our Big Read.”
Two community projects — Hashtag Trees and Dream and Anchors Project – centered around the book will take place during the next few months.
For more information about the SoIN Big Read, visit www.soinbigread.com.