Robert McCammon, The Big J Read, August 17--18, 2009

Jesuit High School in New Orleans, LA, sponsored a Summer 2009 reading program called The Big J Read. Jesuit students, faculty, staff, parents, and alumni all read Robert McCammon's Boy's Life over the summer. An estimated 1,400 readers participated in the community read. The project was designed to encourage reading.

In August 2009, Robert McCammon visited Jesuit High School for three presentations: one on August 17 for the Jesuit parents and alumni, and two on August 18 to address the Jesuit students. Audio and video of all three presentations can be found below.

Photos from the two days are also available: Parents and Alumni Address  |  Student Addresses

Thanks to Stephen Ellison, Mat Grau, and Jason Giaccone for recording the events.


Monday, August 17, 2009 — Author Address to Parents and Alumni

From the Jesuit website::

An audience of almost a hundred parents, alumni, faculty, and friends paid rapt attention Monday evening (August 17) to Boy's Life author Robert McCammon, who visited Jesuit High School in connection with the Big J Read project.

Mr. McCammon shared the pleasures and difficulties of the writing process, including conceiving ideas and bringing them to fruition, character and plot development, and even the delicate art of negotiating with the publisher the inclusion of profanity in books such as Boy's Life

Following his address, Mr. McCammon graciously answered questions, signed his books, and chatted with several Blue Jay bibliophiles.

The Big J Read - Part 1 Robert McCammon discusses Boy's Life

The Big J Read - Part 2 - The Q&A Boy's Life Q&A

Audio:

Audio downloads: High-quality MP3 (51.7 MB)  |  Low-quality MP3 (25.8 MB)


Tuesday, August 18, 2009 — Student Address #1

From the Jesuit website::

In his talk with the school community, Boy's Life author Robert McCammon shared his experiences as a writer to teach the value of overcoming challenges and disappointments.
The Big J Read - Session #1

Audio:

Audio downloads: High-quality MP3 (20.4 MB)  |  Low-quality MP3 (10.2 MB)


Tuesday, August 18, 2009 — Student Address #2

The Big J Read - Session #2

Audio:

Audio downloads: High-quality MP3 (27.3 MB)  |  Low-quality MP3 (13.6 MB)

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