The Big Read 2021

Miami Book Fair celebrates science with Lab Girl, a memoir by geobiologist Hope Jahren

March 1 – April 30

This spring, MBF encourages all South Floridians to read Lab Girl, written by Hope Jahren, and acknowledges the importance of science-based approaches to understanding and protecting nature, as it recognizes the particular challenges faced by women in STEM, and all people living with mental illness.

The prologue to Jahren’s memoir is an invitation to the reader: to look out the window; to see something green; to hone in on that vision of green—a tree, say; to look more closely at a leaf; and to ask a question about that leaf. “Guess what?” she then writes. “You are now a scientist. People will tell you that you have to know math to be a scientist, or physics or chemistry. They’re wrong…. What comes first is a question, and you’re already there” (p. 4).

All 2021 Big Read Miami programs will take place online. No in-person events are scheduled.

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A program of the National Endowment for the Arts, NEA Big Read broadens our understanding of our world, our communities, and ourselves through the joy of sharing a good book. Managed by Arts Midwest, this initiative offers grants to support innovative community reading programs designed around a single book.

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