This year, the NEA Big Read: Wichita explored the beauty of nature and science with Lab Girl by Hope Jahren. Lab Girl is a memoir that tells the story of a young woman who finds friendship in odd places, battles bipolar disorder, perseveres through setbacks and relishes hard-earned triumphs, and becomes a respected scientist and passionate observer of the natural world.
From October 1-November 15, 2019, the NEA Big Read: Wichita featured more than 50 events around Wichita related to the themes in the book. The NEA Big Read: Wichita commenced at a kickoff party on Saturday, September 28 from 2-4 p.m. at the Advanced Learning Library. Mayor Jeff Longwell and Congressional spouse Susan Estes both served as honorary co-chairs for the program.
Find a copy of Lab Girl at the Wichita Public Library or as an e-book at Wichita E-Reads. Free copies of the book were distributed at the end of the kickoff party.