NEA Big Read featuring Into the Beautiful North

March 1, 2019 – April 1, 2019

Various times and locations

The Kenosha Public Library is the administrator of this year’s NEA Big Read, which features Into the Beautiful North by Luis Alberto Urrea.

Join various community organizations and businesses for a month-long celebration of the novel.

For a full listing of events and locations, as well as book distribution sites, go to the listed website.

Events include:

March 18: Paint and Pints (for adults 21+): Join artist Kelly Witte for a special Big Read edition of Paint and Pints! We will be painting a scene inspired by Into the Beautiful North. No art experience necessary! Registration is limited and required. Please visit or call 262-564-6130 to reserve your space. Ages 21+. This event is scheduled on Monday, March 18th, from 6:00 - 10:00 PM, at the PUBLIC Craft Brewing Co. (5706 6th Avenue).

March 19: The “Magnifient” Women of Into the Beautiful North (for teens and adults): Tres Camarones, Mexico is a city without men. Its women and girls are inspired by American Films - especially The Magnificent Seven -- and head to the U.S. to find champions to save their community from the looming threat of thugs and drugs. Yet, in the course of their adventures, we might conclude that Nayeli and her friends are the real heroes. This event is scheduled on Tuesday, March 19th, from 7:00 - 8:30 PM, at the Kenosha Creative Space (624 57th Street).


NEA Big Read is an initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest.

About the author and book: Luis Alberto Urrea is the award-winning, bestselling author of numerous books of fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction and a member of the Latino Literature Hall of Fame. Raised in Tijuana and San Diego by a Mexican father and American mother, Urrea inherited a rich legacy of cultural lore and a love of storytelling from his extended family on both sides of the border, though he claims he’s “more interested in bridges” than borders. In his third novel, Into the Beautiful North, an idealistic 19-year-old woman is inspired by the film The Magnificent Seven to travel from her home in Mexico to the United States to enlist seven men who’ve left her town to return and help protect it from drug-dealing bandidos. Lacking influence, money, or power, Nayeli and her friends employ ingenuity, youthfulness, and hope to overcome obstacles, suggesting that a new generation can bring new solutions to old problems. Urrea cleverly subverts cultural stereotypes and literary traditions, creating a fresh approach to the classic hero’s journey. Learn more about the book here. (Information from the National Endowment for the Arts)