Tune In to the Big Read Podcast

Did you know you can download the adventures of Tom, Huck, Becky Thatcher, and Injun Joe and listen to them on your iPod on the go? The Big Read Podcast is live, and it features The Adventures of Tom Sawyer as read by a huge cast of Kansas City luminaries.

Chapter 1 features Mayor Sly James setting the scene in St. Petersburg, Missouri. He’s followed by our own Library Director, Crosby Kemper III, rendering the Glorious Whitewashers scene in Chapter 2.

Other upcoming readers include KCPT host Nick Haines; Nelson-Atkins Museum Director Julián Zugazagoitia; Star writers and editors Steve Kraske, Miriam Pepper, Steve Paul, and Mary Sanchez; Missouri State Senator Jolie Justus, Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts CEO Jane Chu, and many more.

The podcast also features dialogue performed by Park University theatre students, including Patrick Kastor (as Tom) and Mindy Reynolds (as Becky).

How to Get It

Each day around 9 a.m. a new episode of the Big Read Podcast will be available at the podcast main page starting Wednesday, September 21. And, by the way, you don’t need an iPod to enjoy it. You can stream it directly on the page or download it as an MP3 for the player of your choice. You can also subscribe to it using iTunes, set up an RSS feed, or sign up to receive e-mail notifications when new episodes are posted. (It’s so easy, you practically have no excuse not to listen to it.)

Other Big Read Programs & Events

The Big Read is in full swing at the Library. We’re hopping with special events, book discussions, works of art, and, most of all, reading. Keep up with the Twain mania at kcbigread.org.

Jason Harper