2018 NEA Big Read: Five Skies by Ron Carlson

Thanks to a $15,000 grant received from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), the Attleboro Public Library is pleased to once again partner with other community organizations to present our 12th Annual Big Read Celebration. The launch will be held in Balfour Riverwalk Park on Saturday, September 8, from 1 to 3 p.m. Highlights of the afternoon will include rabbits provided by the Attleboro 4H Council, fishing activities, hands-on fun for the kids, art created by local tech artist, Duken Delpe, and, of course, a book distribution of this year’s title, Five Skies by Ron Carlson

The book, set in the striking wilderness of Southern Idaho, focuses on three main characters, Darwin Gallegos, Arthur Key and Ronnie Panelli, who come together one summer to build an ambitious structure. While working and camping together, they each confront their personal histories and form a life-changing bond. Carlson’s writing is reminiscent of John Steinbeck and Kent Haruf, as all are authors whose prose paints a vivid picture of setting while at the same time provides a window into the private psyches of complicated characters.

The Attleboro Arts Museum is hosting the official kick-off event on Saturday, September 15, 2 to 4 p.m., featuring the opening of an exhibit entitled Mesa: Tables Constructed with Five Skies Overhead. This event will also include performances of poetry from Carpenter Poets of Eastern Massachusetts.

The Library’s Event calendar currently lists all of the over 20 events and book discussions scheduled as part of this year’s NEA Big Read Attleboro. Our 2018 NEA Big Read website will launch soon!

Copies of Five Skies are available for check-out at the library now. To place a hold, use this link.

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