I'm all in favor of promoting literacy, so I'm glad that Virginia is pushing its Big Read, although if it weren't for Charlottesville Words I don't know that I'd even be aware that it was happening. Are there any related events in Staunton? Is anyone out here pushing it? Not that I know of. I haven't seen any mention of it in the local paper, and I haven't noticed any special displays in the bookstore. Maybe the word just didn't make it this far?
And I think I won't be playing along anyway. The chosen book, The Great Gatsby, is fine, of course, but I've read it at least four times, including twice in the last five years. I've got plenty of other stuff to read.
But if you haven't read it, or if you've only read it say once or twice, by all means participate! Read! Discuss! And check out the various related events at The Big Read.