WUMB has been awarded a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to conduct the fourth year of a Big Read program in the Boston area. This year we’ll be reading Julia Alvarez’s In the Time of the Butterflies. While the activities won’t be taking place until February-May, 2012, we’re currently in the planning stages to find partner organizations and to design activities to celebrate the book. In addition to giving out free copies of the book, we’ll be holding book discussion groups, showing the movie and having the author in for a lecture/discussion. We need lots of ideas about what else we can do. Last year, as part of our Big Read program celebrating Fahrenheit 451, we held a “Mechanical Hound Construction Competition” and created a four-part radio series of “Four Decades of Banned Music.” A few years ago, with To Kill a Mockingbird, we held a songwriting competition based on the themes in the book, and also held a day-long “Mockingbird Festival.” Preliminary info about our Big Read program for this year can be found at: http://wumb.org/thebigread/. What do you have for ideas about what else we can do this year to celebrate In the Time of the Butterflies?