Get Your Read On 

The written word goes huge

Reading seems to be on the verge of extinction, yet it's somehow flourishing like never before. Americans in 2008 read all the time — albeit somewhat distractedly on their computer screens. But is our hardcopy reading more mindful? Not so much. Enter the Big Read, a festival advocating in a loud 'n' proud way for the time-honored, irreplaceable inky pleasures. Taking place today on the campus of Clayton High School (1 Mark Twain Circle) from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., this free lit fest has stuff for kids, including author readings, poetry workshops, games, crafts and more. Adults get a panoply of authors — such as Kathleen Flinn, author of The Sharper Your Knife, the Less You Cry and local guy Don Marsh — discussing their titles both sober and light. The keynote finale features Scott McClellan, who will talk about his whistle-blowing book on the Bush White House from 4 to 5 p.m. For further information about the daylong fest, call 314-863-0278 or visit www.bigread.net.
Sat., Oct. 11, 2008

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