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Luis Alberto Urrea: Into the Beautiful North

Thursday October 10, 2013
07:00 pm

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We’re pleased to present Luis Alberto Urrea speaking about his novel Into the Beautiful North for the keynote address of The Center for Fiction’s Big Read of the book. 


About Into the Beautiful North
Nineteen-year-old Nayeli works at a taco shop in her Mexican village and dreams about her father, who journeyed to the US to find work. Recently, it has dawned on her that he isn't the only man who has left town. In fact, there are almost no men in the village--they've all gone north. While watching The Magnificent Seven, Nayeli decides to go north herself and recruit seven men--her own "Siete Magníficos"--to repopulate her hometown and protect it from the bandidos who plan on taking it over. Filled with unforgettable characters and prose as radiant as the Sinaloan sun, Into the Beautiful North is the story of an irresistible young woman's quest to find herself on both sides of the fence.

About Luis Alberto Urrea 
Luis Alberto Urrea is the author of The Hummingbird's Daughter, The Devil’s Highway and Into the Beautiful North. Winner of a Lannan Literary Award and Christopher Award, he is also the recipient of an American Book Award, the Kiriyama Pize, an Edgar Award, and a citation of excellence from the American Library Association. He is also a member of the Latino Literary Hall of Fame. His latest book isQueen of America.

About The Big Read
The Big Read
 is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts, designed to revitalize the role of literature in American culture and to encourage citizens to read for pleasure and enlightenment. The NEA presents The Big Read in partnership with  Arts Midwest. The Big Read supports organizations across the country in developing community-wide reading programs which encourage reading and participation by diverse audiences. Find out more here.

 

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Luis Alberto Urrea: Into the Beautiful North - Part 2


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