When was the last time you read a book you loved so much you wanted to shout it from the rooftops? When was the last time everyone in your community read that same book? Now is your chance to become a part of The Big Read, an initiative funded by the National Endowment of the Arts that focuses on facilitating community conversation and connection through the shared reading of a singular book. This fall, the Beloit Stateline area is reading Into the Beautiful North by Luis Alberto Urrea, accompanied by a packed docket of literary events from Sept 18 to Oct 15.
Into the Beautiful North is an artfully crafted story of bridging borders between Mexico and the United States. An epic tale of adventure and the strength of belonging, the novel sweeps the reader along a journey from Mexico to Illinois with humor, heart, and excitement at every turn. This month, readers will share their literary journeys at a variety of Big Read events. Readers can pick up a free copy of the novel from the Beloit Public Library while supplies last.
On Monday, Sept 19, there will be a book discussion in Moore Lounge open to all college and community members at 12:30 p.m. On Thursday, Sept 22, the author visits campus: From 4 to 5 p.m., Urrea will read from his novel and answer questions in Moore Lounge. From 7 to 8:30 p.m., the Beloit Public Library hosts “An Evening with the Author.” Book discussions will continue in community locations, such as Bushel & Peck’s, the First Congregational Church, the Grinnell Hall Senior Center, and more throughout the month. In addition, related community events will be held, such as a showing of the film The Magnificent Seven on Sept 29, and a continuous pop-up photography exhibit at the Beloit Public Library. For a full schedule of events, visit https://beloitlibrary.org/content/nea-big-read-stateline-0.