VIGO COUNTY, Ind. (WTHI) - Books can help you understand the world...that's the goal behind one initiative.
Every year the National Endowment for the Arts teams up with Arts midwest.
On Monday they hosted the big read.
The program showcases books from diverse perspectives.
The big read in Vigo County is called "The Big Smoke".
It's about legendary heavyweight boxer Jack Johnson.
Readers in Vigo County came together to discuss the book's themes.
"Jack Johnson was just absolutely a complex person. So I think that we had no doubt that this book would have a lot of appeal in our community and it really has been very popular," Margot Wilson, from the Vigo County Public Library told us.
Wilson is the director of public services at the library.
She says the library started out with 3,000 copies of the Big Smoke.
They now only have a handful of copies left.