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Posted on: June 28, 2017

Luís Alberto Urrea coming to Anaheim as city reads ‘Into the Beautiful North’

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ANAHEIM, Calif. (June 28, 2017) — The timely story of a changing Mexican town and its  complex relationship with America will captivate Anaheim readers this summer, culminating with a September visit to Anaheim Central Library by Mexican-American author Luís Alberto Urrea.

As part of the National Endowment for the Arts’ Big Read program, Anaheim will join with cities across the country in reading Urrea’s 2009 novel “Into the Beautiful North.”

“Into the Beautiful North” tells the story of a young woman’s efforts to save her Sinaloan home from drug gangsters after the men of the town leave to work in the United States.

The woman, inspired by the American Western classic film "The Magnificent Seven," sets out to America to recruit seven Mexican men to come back and fight for her town.

Residents can read “Into the Beautiful North” and join in a series of literary and cultural events by Anaheim Public Libraries coinciding with Hispanic Heritage Month, which runs from Sept. 15 through Oct. 15.

On Sept. 16, residents can hear from Urrea himself when he visits Anaheim Central Library to talk about “Into the Beautiful North.”

Born in Tijuana to a Mexican father and American mother, Urrea brings personal experience to his writing about the complex meshing of America and Mexico.

Urrea’s Anaheim visit and other events are made possible by a $16,000 NEA Big Read grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, an independent federal agency that promotes the arts.

NEA Big Read book picks are designed to bring communities together through the shared experience of reading. This is the second year in a row that Anaheim Libraries have been awarded an NEA Big Read grant.

Later this summer, extra copies and digital downloads of the “Into the Beautiful North” will be available at Anaheim Libraries. We’ll also work with community partners to bring the story to life with book discussions, art, films and interactive displays.

Watch for details on upcoming library events starting in August at Anaheim.net/library.

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