Luis Alberto Urrea
Renowned Mexican-American author Luis Alberto Urrea will sign books and lead a discussion about his novel, Into the Beautiful North, Tuesday, April 11, at 7 p.m. in the PeoplesBank Conference room, 301-303, in the Holyoke Community College Kittredge Center.
Urrea's book follows 19-year-old Nayeli as she works in a taco shop in her Mexican village and dreams about her father, who left for the United States to find work. It dawns on her that he is not the only man who has left town. In fact, there almost no men in the village. They have all gone north. While watching the movie, The Magnificent Seven, Nayelli decides to go north herself and recruit seven men — her own "Siete Magnificos" — to repopulate her hometown and protect it from the bandidos who plan to take it over.
The event is sponsored by a Bridging Cultures grant for Latino Studies in the U.S. from the National Endowment for the Humanities and supported by the Language Studies Dept. at HCC, the Center for Latin American, Caribbean and Latino Studies (CLACLS) at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, and the Mary Lyon Foundation.
The event is free and open to the public.