Literary Reading in Dramatic Decline, According to National Endowment for the Arts Survey
Fewer Than Half of American Adults Now Read Literature
July 7, 2004
New York, N.Y. - Literary reading is in dramatic decline with fewer than half of American adults now reading literature, according to a National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) survey to be released in a news conference on Thursday, July 8, 2004 at the New York Public Library. Reading at Risk: A Survey of Literary Reading in America gives the results of national trends in literary reading, based on a sample size of more than 17,000 adults and providing statistical measurement by age, gender, education, income, region, race, and ethnicity. The news conference will be followed by a panel discussion.
Dana Gioia, Chairman, National Endowment for the Arts
Paula Deitz, Editor, The Hudson Review
Presentation of Reading at Risk, and panel discussion
New York Public Library
Thursday, July 8, 2004 from 10:00 a.m. to noon
NOTE: Please enter through the 42nd Street door, just west of Fifth Avenue and use the elevator or stairs to go up one level to the South Court Auditorium. A mult box will be provided, but television crews are advised to bring additional lighting.
For more information, contact the NEA Office of Communications at 202-682-5570.
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