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Experience Luis Urrea's Into the Beautiful North
Get involved - read the book, create art, document your roots, join the discussion!
During all of October there will be many ways to be involved with the Big Read.
Kick-off - Join us October 5th at Stephens Central to kick off The 4th San Angelo Big Read. Talk with people from both sides of the border, mark your family origins on the world map and add a leaf to the Heritage Tree on the 2nd floor Teen Republic.  There will be Folklorico dancers performing at 10:00 am in the Sugg Community room, followed by a special bilingual story time, I Love Saturdays y domingos. 100 copies of the book, signed by author Alma Flor Ada, will be given away to children who attend.
From 11:00 - noon, hear the personal stories of San Angeloans with family on both sides of the border. 
At 1:00, enjoy a screening of The Magnificent Seven, the film that inspires Nayeli on her adventure Into the Beautiful North. 

Listen to the entire audio book on KCSA, 95.7 FM

Monday through Friday,        October 7 –11 at 7:00 pm.

Art - Into the Beautiful North is full of vivid description.  Let yourself be inspired.  Student Artwork  will be on display during October.  Contact Marcy for more information.

Border Studies   - a display at Stephens Central, on loan from Humanities Texas, features images by eight gifted photographers and maps showing historical relocations of the border.  This exhibition highlights the vitality of places, people and patterns of culture along the Texas-Mexico border.
Meet the Author - Author of Into the Beautiful North and finalist for the 2005 Pulitzer prize for nonfictionLuis Alberto Urrea, is familiar with the border, and its people, on both sides of the fence.  He will be visiting three different venues in San Angelo mid-October to discuss his books, his unique life experiences, and this place we call "the Border."  
Stephens Central Library Suggs Community Room Wednesday, October 16, at 7:00 pm Keynote address followed by a question and answer session and book signing.
St. Paul Presbyterian Church, October 17, at 6:30 pm  Mr. Urrea will speak to the issues his book raises and the context in which the story is set. At 7:30, a free dinner will be served where participants will eat together and a facilitator will lead small group discussions. After dinner, Mr. Urrea will answer questions raised by the small discussion groups.
Angelo State University Carr Education Fine Arts Building, October 18, at 10:00 am Join ASU students, faculty, and staff for a reception and student artwork display with author Luis Alberto Urrea.


Film Series -
 October 8, 6:30 pm, The Seven Samurai,  Come watch the Criterion collection film that inspired John Sturges' western The Magnificent Seven--Seven Samurai.  One of the most thrilling movie epics of all time, it tells the story of a sixteenth-century village whose desperate inhabitants hire the eponymous warriors to protect them from invading bandits. This three-hour ride from Akira Kurosawa, featuring legendary actors Toshiro Mifune and Takashi Shimura, seamlessly weaves philosophy and entertainment, delicate human emotions and relentless action, into a rich, evocative, and unforgettable tale of courage and hope.
October 15, 6:30 pm, La Misma Luna, Under the Same Moon (La Misma Luna) tells the parallel stories of nine-year-old Carlitos and his mother, Rosario. In the hopes of providing a better life for her son, Rosario works illegally in the U.S. while her mother cares for Carlitos back in Mexico. Unexpected circumstances drive both Rosario and Carlitos to embark on their own journeys in a desperate attempt to reunite. Along the way, mother and son face challenges and obstacles but never lose hope that they will one day be together again. Rated PG-13.
October 22, 6:30 pm, Dying to Get In, and Crossing Arizona, Crossing Arizona is an up-to-the-moment look at the hotly debated issues of illegal immigration and border security on the U.S./Mexico border. The documentary reveals the surprising political stances people take when immigration and border policy fails everyone. Dying to Get In provides an intimate perspective of border crossing and the people who cross. 
October 29, 6:30 pm, Quinceanera, a film that examines what happens when teenage sexuality, age-old rituals, and real estate prices collide. It is a story fueled by the racial, class, and sexual tensions of a Latino neighborhood in transition. Rated R for language, sexual content and drug use. (Children under 18 will not be allowed to attend this film without a parent present.)  
Teen Film Series - Come celebrate Hispanic culture through film. The Teen Republic at Stephens Central Library will host screenings of several popular films featuring cool heroes and wonderful rhythms at 6:00 pm. This program is for children grades 6-12 only.
October 7 - The Mask of Zorro
October 8 - Selena
October 9 - La Bamba
October 10 - The Buena Vista Social Club
October 12 - The Mask of Zorro (Saturday at Noon)

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

Activites @ Angelo State University

Angelo State University is hosting a multitude of fun events and discussions that are open to the general community as well as students, faculty and staff. 

October 14, 2013, 6pm, Plaza Verde Clubhouse 2nd floor: SMART Workshop: Common Read Book Club -  Join ASU's First Year Experience staff for a book discussion of Into the Beautiful North.
October 18, 2013, 10-11am, Angelo State University Carr Education Fine Arts Building -  Join ASU students, faculty, and staff for a reception and student artwork display with author Luis Alberto Urrea.
October 31, 2013, 8-5pm, ASU Campus (specific location TBA): Vampi Halloween Costume Contest - Dress as Vampi, your favorite Goth, or a Vampire.  Pictures will be taken all day. Prizes for the winners!  Open to the campus and community.
November 5, 2013, ASU Campus (time and specific location TBA): ITBN Discussion with HERO - HERO, ASU's gay-straight alliance to hold ITBN discussion regarding book-related events faced by the GLBT&A community. Open to the campus and community.
November 14, 2013, ASU Campus (time and specific location TBA): Atomiko Style Self-Defense - Sponsored by the Angelo State University Police Department, learn a few self-defense moves, Atomiko style. Open to the campus and community.
November 19, 2013, ASU Campus Pavillion, 6-8pm: Scavenger Hunt - Join Angelo State University’s Freshman College for a 20-Question Quest/Chapter Challenge and Scavenger Hunt.  Open to the campus and community.  Meet at the Angelo State University for Scavenger Hunt instructions.
November 22, 2013, ASU Campus Pavillion (location tentative,) 6:30-8:30pm: Noche en Sinaloa - Join the Angelo State University Multicultural Center staff for Noche en Sinaloa—An Evening in Sinaloa.  Open to the campus and community.

Book Discussions
Want to host a discussion of Into the Beautiful North? Contact Wanda Green at, or (325) 655-7321 to have your discussion added to the list.  We have book kits available for group discussions.
October 1, 2013, 7:00pm, Stephens Central Library Community Room, Quilt Reveal and Book Discussion with the Sew n' Sews -  Join a local quilting group at the Stephens Central Library for a quilt reveal and book discussion.  The group created quilted "Postcards from Nayeli,” inspired by the novel.  Book discussion to follow the quilt reveal.
October 5, 2013, 10:00am, Stephens Central Library Community Room, The Little Read: I Love Saturdays y Domingos - Join us for our Little Read, the children's Big Read Program during our kick-off event.  The library’s children’s department will celebrate with Ballet
Folklorica dancers, short talks, and displays of books and items representing
Anglo and Latino Cultures.  The child in the story enjoys Saturdays and Sundays because on Saturdays she visits Grandma and Grandpa of European-American Background and on Sundays she visits Abuelito y Abuelita who are Mexican-American. Love brings them all together.  Everyone is invited to hear the story, learn about our cultures, enjoy dancing, music, Mexican cookies and take home a free, signed copy of the book.
October 15, 2013, 6:00pm, Stephens Central Library Teen Republic, Young Writers Club, Heritage Edition - After giving out our YA book, The Revolution of Evelyn Serrano, we will re-convene our Writer's Club to discuss the novel as well as writing books on issues such as heritage, immigration, family, and social issues in the U.S. from a teen's perspective.
For 6th-12th grade students only.
October 14, 2013, 6:00pm, Angelo State University Plaza Verde Clubhouse 2nd floor, SMART Workshop: Common Read Book Club - Join ASU's First Year Experience staff for a book discussion of Into the Beautiful North.
October 17, 2013, 6:30pm, Stephens Central Library Community Room, Classy Red Hatters Book Discussion - Join the Classy Red Hatters for a discussion of Into The Beautiful North.
October 20, 2013, 3:00-4:00pm, First Christian Church, 29 North Oakes, First Christian Church Book Club - Join the First Christian Church Book Club for a discussion of Into
The Beautiful North.
November 5, 2013, Time TBA, Angelo State University (specific location TBA), HERO,
ASU’s gay-straight alliance to hold Into the Beautiful North discussion regarding book-related events faced by the GLBT&A community.  Open to the campus and community.

Need a Reader's Guide or Teacher's Guide?  Pick up a copy at the 1st floor Stephens Central Library Help Desk, or download it from the Big Read website here.
Visit Luis Alberto Urrea's website for more information about the author and his other works, including his nonfiction title, The Devil's Highway, a finalist for the Pulitzer in 2005.   
A complete list of events and activities for Angelo State University's common read are available on the ASU Common Read website.