Each year, the Center for the Book at the the Library of Congress asks each state and territory to highlight a book representative of their region’s literary landscape at the National Book Festival. The event showcases the importance of books and reading and allows each state to choose an author whose work exemplifies a slice of life in their respective state. In 2017, the Texas Center for the Book choose News of the World by Paulette Jiles as “Texas’ Great Read.”
I sat down with National Book Award nominee author, to talk about the themes found in her book and the unique benefit to readers when they “consume” fictional works.
For the second part of this interview view this video encouraging young readers to enter the Library of Congress Letters About Literature Contest.