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NEA Big Read Massillon 2023

Interior Chinatown by Charles Yu

The 2023 NEA Big Read Massillon book selection is Interior Chinatown by Charles Yu. For sixteen consecutive years, the Massillon Museum has been honored to be awarded the NEA Big Read grant. NEA Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest.

What is the NEA Big Read program?

The NEA Big Read is a community reading program focused on a single book. Massillon Museum and its amazing community partners create innovative and critical programs highlighting the book themes, exposing participants to new genres and ideas. The selected book is offered to the community for free so that many can participate. Since 2008, Massillon Museum has proudly distributed more than 30,000 books to Massillon and its surrounding communities. 

Visit about this year's book selection from the National Endowment for the Arts and to access discussion questions.

Visit to learn more about the author.


Book Pick-Up Locations

Pick up your free copy of Interior Chinatown at the following locations while supply lasts. It is advised to call your preferred location before visiting to ensure copies remain available and to confirm the location's hours.

This list will be updated as distribution sites receive their copies of the book in spring 2023. 


2023 NEA Big Read Massillon Programs


More information about programs in Massillon, Stark County, and beyond celebrating the 2023 NEA Big Read selection, Interior Chinatown by Charles Yu, will be available as the kickoff date approaches!

Saturday, April 1


2023 NEA Big Read Massillon Kickoff

Massillon Museum

Pick up your free copy of the 2023 NEA Big Read Massillon book selection, Interior Chinatown by Charles Yu!

More information will be available as the kickoff date approaches. 



Previous NEA Big Read Massillon Book Selections:


2022: An American Sunrise by Joy Harjo

2021: Circe by Madeline Miller

2020: Can't We Talk About Something More Pleasant? by Roz Chast

2019: Burning Bright by Ron Rash

2018: A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K. LeGuin

2017: True Grit by Charles Portis

2016: In the Time of Butterflies by Julia Alvarez

2015: Old School by Tobias Wolff

2014: Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

2013: To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

2012: The Stories of Edgar Allan Poe

2011: The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain

2010: The Shawl by Cynthia Ozick

2009: The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton

2008: The Call of the Wild by Jack London

To learn more about the NEA Big Read, visit

NEA Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest.


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