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NEA Big Read in the Falls
Into the Beautiful North | March 13 – April 17, 2021
We bring our community together to broaden our understanding of our world, our cultures, our histories, and ourselves through the joy of sharing a good book. This year’s selection is Into the Beautiful North by Luis Alberto Urrea. The novel takes place in Mexico and the United States. It is a hilarious and gut-wrenching story of Nayeli, Yolo, Vampi, Tacho, and Atómiko on a journey to save the town of Tres Camarones, Mexico. Join us for programs, events, and discussions.
Explore our events and be sure to register for those in which you have interest. When you register, you will be sent additional information on how you will be able to access the program.
NEA Big Read in the Falls events are free, unless otherwise noted, and open to the public.
Free copies of the book are available at the Library, while supplies last.
For more information about any programs, call the Library at 262-532-8920 or contact us.
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 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.
Alberto Luis Urrea is a 2005 Pulitzer Prize finalist for nonfiction and member of the Latino Literature Hall of Fame, Urrea is the critically acclaimed and best-selling author of 17 books, winning numerous awards for his poetry, fiction and essays. Born in Tijuana to a Mexican father and American mother, Urrea is most recognized as a border writer, though he says, “I am more interested in bridges, not borders.”
“A master storyteller with a rock and roll heart”
An Evening with Luis Alberto Urrea
Thursday, April 15, 6:00 – 8:00 PM
Into the Beautiful North author Luis Alberto Urrea will deliver a keynote presentation followed by a Q&A. Hailed by NPR as a “master storyteller with a rock and roll heart,” Urrea is a prolific and award-winning author who draws inspirations for his novels from his binational life experiences.
Prizes from our sponsors include:
AJ O’Brady’s gift card
Bank of Flowers gift card
Peace Yoga Studio gift Card
Pink Lemonade gift card
Shell Gas gift card
Spa and Wellness gift card
Starbucks gift card
Taco Tuesday kit and Piggly Wiggly Gift card
The Little Read
Did you know that in addition to our community-wide celebration of Into the Beautiful North by Luis Alberto Urrea, this year’s NEA Big Read in the Falls includes a Little Read companion novel that’s perfect for kids and families? Our Little Read is the picture book Dreamers by Yuyi Morales.
In this dreamlike, poetic story based on the author’s personal life experiences, she and her son immigrate to the United States from Mexico and discover the transformative power of books.
If you have younger kids at home, be sure to read Dreamers. We have many copies available to be checked out, and the story will be on display through our window book walk from March 15 – April 17.
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NEA Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest.