Lake Forest Reads: Ragdale Keynote Lecture with Luis Alberto Urrea

6:00pm CDT October 28

Part of the city-wide reading program “Lake Forest Reads: Ragdale 2014,” join us for the keynote lecture with author Luis Alberto Urrea in the Lily Reid Holt Memorial Chapel. This event is free and open to the public. Professor Gizella Meneses will introduce the speaker.

Luis Alberto Urrea, 2005 Pulitzer Prize finalist for nonfiction and member of the Latino Literature Hall of Fame, is a prolific and acclaimed writer who uses his dual-culture life experiences to explore greater themes of love, loss and triumph. Born in Tijuana, Mexico to a Mexican father and an American mother, the critically acclaimed and best-selling author of 13 books, Urrea has won numerous awards for his poetry, fiction and essays. Urrea’s recent novel, Into the Beautiful North, a national best-seller, earned a citation of excellence from the American Library Association Rainbow’s Project and was selected by the National Endowment for the Arts for their Big Read program.  Into the Beautiful North, The Devil’s Highway and The Hummingbird’s Daughter have been chosen by more than 30 different cities and colleges for One Book community read programs. Urrea lives with his family in Naperville, Illinois. He is a professor of creative writing at the University of Illinois-Chicago.

Presented by the Lake Forest Library, this program encourages the Lake Forest community to read one book by a writer affiliated with Ragdale, the artists’ residency that has supported emerging and best-selling authors and their creative process for over 35 years.  

Based on the “One City, One Book” program, which takes place in over 70 communities nationwide, the program’s mission is to foster literacy, a culture of reading, and a sense of community. 

The 2014 selection is Into the Beautiful North (2009) by Chicago author Luis Alberto Urrea. This book was chosen after careful consideration by an advisory committee including representatives of the Lake Forest Library, Friends of Lake Forest Library, Lake Forest College, Dickinson Hall, Ragdale, and the wider community.  


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