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Into the Beautiful North

Wichita Mayor Jeff Longwell has proclaimed October 2015 The Big Read Month!

The Big Read returns to south-central Kansas in 2015 with book discussions and special events in celebration of Into the Beautiful North by Luis Alberto Urrea.

Join nineteen year old Nayeli on her journey north and south of the border to protect her home in Urrea's skillfully crafted novel that "transcends the 'us against them' discourse of immigration and writes with compassion, complexity, and humor about the people and places caught up in the border wars."

This year's programs will offer a variety of opportunities to think about and discuss the issues of immigration and culture, including a speech by Into the Beautiful North author Luis Alberto Urrea. He will speak at an event free and open to the public on November 7, presented in part by Wichita State University and Friends of the Wichita Public Library.

Titles for young readers wishing to participate are also available.

Wichita is one of the nation's longest-running Big Read programs and joins only 75 communities that will host a Big Read in 2015-16. Community partners from across the region make this effort possible.

The Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts managed by Arts Midwest and designed to revitalize the role of literature in American culture and bring the transformative power of literature into the lives of citizens. The Big Read brings together partners across the country to encourage citizens to read for pleasure and enlightenment.

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

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