The Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs received a grant of $15,000 to host the National Endowment for the Arts Big Read again this year.

The Department of Cultural Affairs is one of 79 organizations to receive an NEA Big Read grant and will host community reading programs between September and next June. Dinaw Mengestu’s “The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears” is this year’s selection.

“`The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears’ is in dialogue with the current topics that are discussed throughout the city,” said Danielle Brazell, general manager of the Department of Cultural Affairs. “Works like this are essential for insight and cultural understanding, and this text offers an entryway into these complex conversations.”

The program is a national initiative of the NEA in partnership with Arts Midwest.

“The National Endowment for the Arts is proud to support opportunities for communities across the nation, both small and large, to take part in the NEA Big Read,” said NEA Acting Chairman May Anne Carter. “This program encourages people to not only discuss a book together, but be introduced to new perspectives, discuss the issues at the forefront of our own lives, and connect with one another at events.”

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