The Great Read Kick Off Free Event


Each year, the communities of Plainfield, Bolingbrook, and Joliet choose a book  to promote literacy, reading, conversation and community. This year, Shorewood will also be joining the 2009-2010 Great Read community literacy program.

Acclaimed author Luis Urrea will read and sign copies of his book, “Into the Beautiful North” at 7 p.m. Monday, December 7, 2009 at the Joliet Barnes and Noble store, 2621 Plainfield Road, Joliet. This free event will kick off the 2009-2010 Great Read community literacy program.

“The Great Read” is presented by the Plainfield Public Library, Plainfield School District 202, Joliet Public Library and Fountaindale Public Library; and the Joliet, Bolingbrook, Plainfield and Naperville Barnes and Noble stores. The program is supported by a generous grant from the Plainfield Foundation for Excellence.

into the beautiful north by Luis Urrea“Into the Beautiful North” is the selection for this year’s Great Read. It tells the story of a trio of modern Mexican girls inspired by a classic American movie to immigrate to the United States and bring back old-fashioned warriors to save their tiny village.

Their town is being overrun by bandits because the men left years ago to find work in “Los Yunaites.” Along the way they meet a cast of characters as interesting as any in modern literature. Their journey also provides a thought-provoking overview of the many-faceted issues of immigration and changing community. The book is rich, charming and inspirational.

This year’s “Great Read” will feature public and school programs, author readings and book signings, and special community events illustrating and celebrating America’s inherent immigration history, and the myriad contributions of its many immigrant populations.

– Lynnette

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