HUSH: a podcast from your library – Episode 34 – The Big Read and The Great Gatsby

Thad Hartman and Lissa Staley host a roundtable discussion with our guests around an engaging and interesting topic — The Big Read and The Great Gatsby.

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The Big Read and The Great Gatsby

Valerie Reif

Tanya Walsh

Our guests this episode are Valerie Reif and Tanya Walsh.

The Big Read book is The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald. Join the community in reading and discussing this classic during The Big Read, Feb. 1–March 2. Attend one of 29 programs centered around the book.  Learn more at

Join your library and citizens across the county for this community reading experience and help combat the decline of civic, social, cultural and economic engagement that occurs when people spend less time reading.

Despite the fact that the book is a slim 200 pages, The Great Gatsby is still considered a touchstone of modern American fiction. Hundreds of copies of The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald are available from the library for this celebration of reading.

Your turn to talk

Have you read The Great Gatsby before? Are you re-reading it for The Big Read? Why do you think this book is worth reading and discussing? What themes do you find in the novel? Who is your favorite character? What is the most memorable part of the book to you? Talk to us here on the blog, or on the library’s Goodreads group at our Big Read-Great Gatsby discussion.

If you have questions, comments or suggestions for future topics please comment on our blog post or send us an email at

Lissa Staley

Lissa Staley helps people use the library. She is a Book Evangelist, Health Information Librarian, Trivia Emcee, Classics Made Modern book group leader, NaNoWriMo Municipal Liaison, Community Novel Project leader, HUSH podcaster, and frequent library customer. She reads a new book every few days, but recently enjoyed Words in Deep Blue by Cath Crowley.

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