NEA Big Read: Wichita will return in January 2021!

Circe book cover
"Think a novel based on Greek mythology isn't for you? Just wait."
— People

Madeline Miller's bestselling novel Circe is this year's NEA Big Read: Wichita selection. This novel, about the lesser-known goddess Circe, takes you on a spellbinding journey into the world of gods, monsters, mortals and nymphs. Circe is a strange child — not powerful, like her father Helios, nor alluring like her mother Perse, and often ridiculed by her beautiful and charismatic siblings. Most authors, like Homer and Ovid, depict Circe as weak or evil and lacking nuance, but Miller reimagines her as a complex, "'passionately empathetic and strong-willed woman' determined to find her own path and evolve" (Girls' Night In). Turning to the world of mortals for companionship, she discovers that she does possess power — the power of potions and spells, which can transform rivals into monsters and menace the gods themselves.

From January 9-February 21, the world of Circe will come to life in Wichita through book discussions, special programs and performances based on the book's characters, settings and themes. Find a copy of Circe at the Wichita Public Library or as a digital title at Wichita E-Reads.

  • Virtual kick off on Saturday, January 9, 2:30-4 p.m. on KPTS Channel 8 and kpts.org
  • Free books, Saturday, January 9, 5-7 p.m. Watch the virtual kick off event to find out where you can get your free copy.
  • Mobile challenge launching January 9. Grab your smartphone, download the Beanstack app and complete the Big Read mobile challenge for a chance to win prizes.
  • Celebrating 13 years of the Big Read in Wichita!

Be part of the virtual kick off celebration!

Do you love the NEA Big Read: Wichita? Now is your chance to show us! Record a short video sharing your favorite things about the Big Read in Wichita. Deadline for video submissions is October 30, 2020.

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