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NEA Big Read returns with Madeline Miller’s CIRCE

“An epic spanning thousands of years that’s also a keep-you-up-all-night page turner.” (Ann Patchett)

“Think a novel based on Greek mythology isn’t for you? Just wait.” (People)

The Chattahoochee Valley Libraries is pleased to announce the NEA Big Read Celebration of CIRCE, Madeline Miller’s best-selling and critically acclaimed re-interpretation of The Odyssey and the Greek mythological goddess found in that and other ancient texts.

Ms. Miller takes on the worlds of gods, monsters and mortals in this ““bold and subversive retelling of the goddess’s story that manages to be both epic and intimate in its scope, recasting the most infamous female figure from the Odyssey as a hero in her own right” (New York Times).

As a part of the celebration of the author and CIRCE, the Chattahoochee Valley Libraries will host a series of virtual programs and live online chats discussing elements of Circe and The Odyssey. All programs are free and open to the public and can be accessed via this link.

NEA Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest. It is presented by the Chattahoochee Valley Libraries and is sponsored by the Muscogee County Friends of Libraries. The program is designed to encourage the reading of great literature by offering discussions, book clubs, craft programs and more to selected communities. The Chattahoochee Valley Libraries are one of only 75 organizations to receive this national grant.

Read more about the book here.

Access FREE NEA Big Read educational materials about CIRCE here.

MADELINE MILLER by Nina Subin

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Madeline Miller grew up in New York City and Philadelphia. She attended Brown University, where she earned her BA and MA in Classics. She has taught and tutored Latin, Greek, and Shakespeare to high school students for over fifteen years.

She has also studied at the University of Chicago’s Committee on Social Thought, and in the Dramaturgy department at Yale School of Drama, where she focused on the adaptation of classical texts to modern forms.

THE SONG OF ACHILLES, her first novel, was awarded the 2012 Orange Prize for Fiction and was a New York Times Bestseller. Miller was also shortlisted for the 2012 Stonewall Writer of the Year. Her second novel, CIRCE, was an instant number 1 New York Times bestseller, and won the Indies Choice Best Adult Fiction of the Year Award and the Indies Choice Best Audiobook of the Year Award, as well as being shortlisted for the 2019 Women’s Prize for Fiction. Circe also won The Red Tentacle Award, an American Library Association Alex Award (adult books of special interest to teen readers), and the 2018 Elle Big Book Award.  It is currently being adapted for a series with HBO Max. Miller’s novels have been translated into over twenty-five languages including Dutch, Mandarin, Japanese, Turkish, Arabic and Greek, and her essays have appeared in a number of publications including the Guardian, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Telegraph, Lapham’s Quarterly and NPR.org. She currently lives outside Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

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