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Bless Me, Ultima

October 30, 2009 Washington, DC Happy Birthday Rudolfo Anaya! To celebrate, why not grab a slice of birthday cake and settle in to watch A Conversation with Rudolfo Anaya. Here's the short version of the film---by Lawrence Bridges---to get you started. [flv: http://bigread.s3.amazonaws.com/anaya/...
Washington, DC Rudolfo Anaya was the guest of the honor at one of the inaugural Big Reads of Bless Me, Ultima in 2007. Photo courtesy of Bernalillo County, New Mexico. In Bless Me, Ultima , Rudolfo Anaya wrote, "There are so many dreams to be fulfilled, but Ultima says a man's destiny must unfold...
July 15, 2009 Washington, DC The University of Texas Pan American (UTPA) serves the state's Rio Grande Valley, a largely Mexican-American region in south Texas. With a student body of approximately 18,000, many of whom are first-generation collegians, UTPA was one of the 208 organizations...
May 15, 2009 Washington, DC Yesterday, the Arts Endowment announced 11 new NEA National Heritage Fellows , the best of the best of the nation?s artists working in the folk and traditional arts. Tradition is at the heart of many of the Big Read titles, from the rigid etiquette of ?Old New York? in...
April 17, 2009 Washington, DC If you value your right to check out a library copy of Fahrenheit 451 , or Huck Finn , or Bless Me, Ultima , you owe the late Judith Krug big-time. Krug, who died Saturday, led the fight against censorship for the American Library Association's Office of Intellectual...
April 11, 2009 Washington, DC Through May, Denver-based theater company El Centro Su Teatro is celebrating a Big Read of Rudolfo Anaya?s coming-of-age novel Bless Me, Ultima . Fortuitously, Su Teatro?s celebration coincided with Anaya?s completion of a stage treatment of his seminal novel, which...
February 5, 2009 Washington, DC From the February 9 edition of California's Modesto Bee comes this headline: "School trustees in Newman ban book from classrooms." The opening paragraph explains, "Orestimba High School sophomores who want to read Bless Me, Ultima , will have to check it out from the...
March 27, 2008 Norman, OK Oklahoma librarian Susan Gregory writes, The Big Read continues with enthusiasm in Norman. We held a wonderful program in a former Roman Catholic church, now home to a brilliant photographer and his wife who works for the OKC Animal shelter, on the edge of the campus...
March 21, 2008 Washington, DC Lately, politicians and pundits agree that America seems reluctant to talk about racism in any but the most sensationalistic terms. They're not wrong, either. Quietly though, one city and town at a time, a nationwide program called The Big Read is starting to help...
March 4, 2008 Worcester, MA When I first heard about The Big Read sponsored by UMass Memorial Healthcare, I have to admit I pictured a couple of candystripers pushing a book cart down a hospital corridor. What I discovered when I fetched up in Worcester the other day was something altogether...

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