A! Magazine for the Arts

NEA Study: More Adults Read Literature

February 2, 2009

For the first time in more than 25 years, American adults are reading more literature, according to a new study by the National Endowment for the Arts.

"Reading on the Rise" documents a definitive increase in rates and numbers of American adults who read literature, with the biggest increases among young adults, ages 18-24. This new growth reverses two decades of downward trends cited previously in NEA reports such as "Reading at Risk" and "To Read or Not To Read."

"At a time of immense cultural pessimism, the NEA is announcing some important good news. Literary reading has risen in the U.S. for the first time in a quarter century," said NEA Chairman Dana Gioia. "This dramatic turnaround shows that the many programs now focused on reading, including our own Big Read, are working. Cultural decline is not inevitable."

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To find out about Big Read in the region:

-- The Big Read Events at Barter Theatre

-- Big Read: Film Fest, Poetry Slam, More

-- Big Read: Literature at the Libraries