Literature is a thing too often forgotten to be celebrated, so it is more than endearing when an entire movement dedicated to celebrating reading springs forth. The Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts, in partnership with Arts Midwest, designed to “revitalize the role of reading in American culture.” This year, the program is hosted by the Center for Literature and Theater at Miami Dade College, and its events and activities are inspired by Jhumpa Lahiri’s The Namesake.
Though the focus of the program is on literature, one can’t forget how books inspire other works of art, most notably film. As part of various screenings taking place throughout the city that “will explore cultural identity and generational clashes all set in India or about Indian-American families,” the Big Read presents Bride and Prejudice, a Bollywood musical adaptation of Jane Austen’s classic Pride and Prejudice. Be sure to arrive early Saturday at O Cinema (90 NW 29 St., Miami), because the first 50 people will receive a copy of Lahiri’s novel. The film screening, which is free, begins at 1 p.m. For other events related to the Big Read, call 305-237-3940 or visit thecenteratmdc.org.
Sat., March 29, 1 p.m., 2014