About the Common Reading Program
Sierra Nevada College Common Read Program for Fall 2016
Sierra Nevada College continues the One Book, One Campus program begun in fall 2009, with all incoming Fall 2016 students being asked to read Into the Beautiful North, by Luis Alberto Urrea. Urrea will be the featured speaker at the September 9, Writers in the Woods series on the SNC campus.
Inspired by the popularity of book clubs, a growing number of college campuses are adopting common reading programs. The idea of a common reading selection rests on a simple idea: that reading the same book brings people together as a community by creating a common ground for discussion and intellectual growth. SNC staff, faculty, and community members are encouraged to join the community of readers in order to provide a shared academic experience and to stimulate conversations across the campus as well as across town. Copies of the book are available to faculty and staff, free of charge. A few borrowing copies will also be available at Incline Village Public Library and Incline High School.
This talk was given at a local TEDx event, produced independently of the TED Conferences. Luis' talk about the injustices done to the children of the border draws on his many years living around the world.
Into the Beautiful North
The U.S.–Mexico border is not just a line on a map; it is a dream-like destination and departure point, surrounded by desperation and expectations. "No one writes more tragically or intimately about border culture than this son of a Mexican father and Anglo mother," journalist Bill Moyers said of Luis Alberto Urrea, author of numerous works of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. In his third novel, Into the Beautiful North, Urrea transcends the "us against them" discourse of immigration and writes with compassion, complexity, and humor about the people and places caught up in the border wars. Urrea invites us to think of the border as more than a stark divide between nations: he reminds us that it is a place of convergence where meaningful conversations, and even love, between cultures begins.
Author, Luis Alberto Urrea, introduces himself and discusses his family and childhood growing up on both sides of the Mexican-American border. His talent for writing and passion for literature becomes apparent through his conversation as he introduces his novel, "Into the Beautiful North", at One Book One San Diego's book launch event at the World Beat Center.