Library to sponsor ‘The Big Read’

The Evanston Public Library invites residents to join in The Big Read to connect, learn, and enjoy through reading and discussion, one story shared by all.

Participants will read "Into the Beautiful North" by Luis Alberto Urrea, the son of a Mexican father and Anglo mother.

The library encourages Evanstonians of all ages to explore and celebrate this uplifting, modern-day quest novel set in a U.S.–Mexico border town.

The Big Read kicks off with a celebration of Mexican dance, story, and music at the library on Sept. 19, at 3 p.m. in the Library's Community Meeting Room with "Danzas Ceremoniales de Mexico."

At the kick-off, 100 free books will be given away on a first come, first serve basis. From September 2015 through May 2016, there will be more than 20 book discussions held at locations all over the city, including all library locations, Curt's Cafe, Evanston community centers, Bookends and Beginnings, senior homes, The Celtic Knot, Northwestern University, Yo Fresh Yogurt Cafe, through ETHS parent groups, and more.

The first book discussion of "Into the Beautiful North" will be held at the Main Library on Sunday, Oct. 18 from 3:30-4:30 p.m.

There will be programs in English as well as Spanish. In addition to the book discussions, The Big Read will include a keynote presentation by the author, lectures, a Mexican film festival, and programs in Evanston public schools. 

Luis Alberto Urrea is a prolific, award-winning writer. He is a master of language and a gifted storyteller who uses his dual-culture life experiences to explore greater themes of love, loss, and triumph.

The Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest.

Charles Bartling

Charles Bartling

A resident of Evanston since 1975, Chuck Bartling holds a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University and has extensive experience as a reporter and editor for daily newspapers, radio stations and business-oriented magazines.

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