Into the Beautiful North is the story of nineteen-year-old Nayeli, who lives in Tres Camarones, a
Mexican town nearly empty of men, including Nayeli's father, who went north to the U.S. to seek work. Inspired by
the classic film, The Magnificent Seven,
Nayeli and her three closest friends are commissioned by the new village
president, Nayeli’s Aunt Irma, to travel north into the U.S. to bring back men
to protect their town from encroaching drug-dealers. In this classic quest tale, Urrea uses humor
and compassion to address issues of cultural differences and to depict the many
borders in life that both divide and connect.
The Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts, designed to revitalize the role of literature in American culture and to encourage citizens to read for pleasure and enlightenment. Santa Monica Public Library is one of 77 not-for-profit organizations to receive a grant to host a Big Read project in 2013/2014. The NEA presents The Big Read in partnership with Arts Midwest. Click here for the NEA's Reader's Guide, Teacher's Guide and Audio Guide for Into the Beautiful North.
Click here to download our Into the Beautiful North Event Guide. (PDF)
Haga clic aquí para descargar nuestro Rumbo al Hermoso Norte Guía de eventos. (PDF)
All programs below are free and open to the public. Seating is first come, first served.
Please note locations for each discussion or event, as several take place in non-library venues.For a list of book discussion dates and times, scroll to the bottom.
The Latin Experience Movie Series: Under the Same Moon (La Misma Luna) (2007)Thursday, April 10, 2014 at 6:00 pmOcean Park Branch Library, 2601 Main Street *This heartwarming portrait of a family tells the parallel stories of a young Mexican boy who crosses the border after his grandmother dies and his mother who is working illegally in the U.S. in the hopes of providing a better life for her young son. (106 min) In Spanish, with English subtitles.
Orchestra Santa Monica: North & South of the BorderSaturday, April 12, 2014 at 3:30 pmMain Library, Martin Luther King, Jr. Auditorium, 601 Santa Monica Boulevard *Join us for a concert by the OSM Strings and guitarist Ricardo Escobar. The musicians, who are active on both sides of the US-Mexico border, also discuss the cultural influences that inform their music.
Trained volunteer facilitators lead these free public book discussions. No registration required. Discussions are open to readers of all ages.
* Note: City of Santa Monica facilities are wheelchair accessible. To request a disability-related accommodation, call Library Administration at 310-458-8606 (TDD 395-8499) at least one week prior to event.
The Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest. Visit The Big Read at www.neabigread.org.