MAK­ING WAVES

USA TODAY US Edition - - LIFE -

Poetry reading is up in Amer­ica while reading books for plea­sure is down slightly. So says the Na­tional En­dow­ment for the Arts, which has pub­lished the re­sults of a study, “U.S. Trends in Arts At­ten­dance and Lit­er­ary Reading:

2002-2017.” The study shows the per­cent­age of adults who read books (those not re­quired by school or work) fell to

52.7 per­cent in 2017, com­pared with

54.6 per­cent in 2012 and 56.6 per­cent in 2002. Adults reading fic­tion (novels and short sto­ries) dropped from

45.2 per­cent in 2012 to 41.8 per­cent in 2017. Poetry reading surged a re­mark­able 76 per­cent, to 28 mil­lion in 2017. Num­bers were es­pe­cially strong among those ages 18 to 24.

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