Big Reads


Author Luis Alberto Urrea

The timely story of a changing Mexican town and its complex relationship with America will captivate Anaheim readers this summer, culminating with a September visit to Anaheim Central Library by Mexican-American author Luís Alberto Urrea.

"Into the Beautiful North

“Into the Beautiful North” tells the story of a young woman’s efforts to save her Sinaloan home from drug gangsters after the men of the town leave to work in the United States. The woman, inspired by the American Western classic film "The Magnificent Seven," sets out to America to recruit seven Mexican men to come back and fight for her town.

Hispanic Heritage Month

Residents can read “Into the Beautiful North” and join in a series of literary and cultural events by Anaheim Public Libraries coinciding with Hispanic Heritage Month,

Bring Communities Together

NEA Big Read book picks are designed to bring communities together through the shared experience of reading. This is the second year in a row that Anaheim Libraries have been awarded an NEA Big Read grant..

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Born in Tijuana to a Mexican father and American mother, Urrea brings personal experience to his writing about the complex meshing of America and Mexico.