Join your community in April 2016 as we read the John Steinbeck classic “The Grapes of Wrath”

BRSCV_events_buttonThe Big Read in the St. Croix Valley is a one book, one community program that brings together residents from throughout the St. Croix Valley around a common book. This year’s programming will include a variety of literary, visual and performing arts opportunities centered on the themes found in “The Grapes of Wrath.”

The Grapes of Wrath CoverNumerous copies of “The Grapes of Wrath” and book club kits can be found in circulation at local libraries throughout the St. Croix Valley. In addition, ArtReach will be distributing hundreds of Read and Release copies of the book throughout the St. Croix Valley in Little Free Libraries, laundromats, coffee shops and doctor’s offices. If you prefer to purchase you own copy of “The Grapes of Wrath” our local independently-owned bookstores Valley Bookseller in Stillwater and Chapter 2 Books in Hudson have copies available.

Listen to Forrest Pritchard’s Club Book Discussion

Get Your Tickets for the April 1 Concert with Charlie Maguire

Visual Arts Exhibition: Call of Artists

Cli-Fi Book Clubs

Read the book. See the play. Experience the art. Learn the Songs.

In April, ArtReach and its community partners will provide multidisciplinary programming including a kick-off festival, art exhibition, an theatre production, community sing, book discussions and more. A complete listing of events, dates and times will be on in March.

The Big Read LogoThe Big Read in the St. Croix Valley is part of The Big Read, a program of National Endowment for the Arts, designed to revitalize the role of literature in American culture and to encourage citizens to read for pleasure and enlightenment. ArtReach St. Croix is one of 75 not-for-profit organizations to receive a grant to host a Big Read project between September 2015 and June 2016. The NEA presents The Big Read in partnership with Arts Midwest. Learn more about The Big Read at

ArtReach St. Croix is presenting The Big Read in the St. Croix Valley in conjunction with core program partners Valley Bookseller, Stillwater Public Library, St. Croix Festival Theatre, Little Free Library and library branches located in St. Croix Valley communities between St. Croix Falls, WI and Hastings, MN.