Some Good News

In the middle of so much news about the decline of –well, just about everything, here’s something encouraging: an article in today’s New York Times reports that, according to the National Endowment for the Arts, fiction reading is on the rise.  The NEA report is based on “The Survey of Public Participation in the Arts” conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau in 2008.

Dana Gioia, NEA chair,  attributes the rise to community-based programs like the “Big Read,” the Oprah factor, the popularity of series like Harry Potter, and “the individual efforts of teachers, librarians, parents and civic leaders to create ‘a buzz around literature that’s getting people to read more in whatever medium.'”

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Nick DiMartino is a university bookseller in Seattle, WA. He was a Booklist contributor from 2007 to 2009 and is the author of Seattle Ghost Story (1998) as well as numerous plays.

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  1. It might be a demographic thing. Boomers are aging and reaching retirement and have more time for reading.

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