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Luis Alberto Urrea

Meet Tacho. He's a character in one of the latest Big Read selections, Into the Beautiful North by Luis Alberto Urrea. He’s one of the few men left in the small village where the novel is set, Tres Camarones (Three Shrimp). He owns a taco shop called La Mano Caída (The Fallen Hand), and...
On June 4, we announced the 2013 NEA Heritage Fellows . Holy moly, with nine states represented, could there be a more diverse range of artisans in terms of talent and geography? After you peruse their astounding biographies and compelling work samples, be sure to check out the Heritage Fellows on...
Luis Alberto Urrea. Photo by Nicole Waite As I hope everyone knows, The Big Read is growing once again. Earlier this month, we introduced three new titles: The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri, True Grit by Charles Portis , and Into the Beautiful North by Luis Alberto Urrea. While I'm excited by all three...
Keyboard 2 by flickr user john_a_ward When the Big Read launched in 2006, the program’s library consisted of four titles: The Great Gatsby, Their Eyes Were Watching God, To Kill A Mockingbird, and Fahrenheit 451. All were American classics, representing the lives, fears, and difficulties of the...
Book 8 by flickr user ~Brenda-Starr~ If any of you eagle-eyed readers have been watching the Big Read website , you may have noticed something interesting about the new grant application guidelines that were posted last week: three new titles have been added to the list of possible book selections...