Author talk: Luis Alberto Urrea

Author talk: Luis Alberto Urrea

Rush Rhees Reads: Into the Beautiful North

March 20, 2013 12:00pm - April 2, 2013 5:30pm

The River Campus Libraries are proud to co-sponsor Luis Alberto Urrea's upcoming campus visit. Urrea will be coming to Rochester as part of Writers & Books' annual "If All of Rochester Read the Same Book" event. This year's book is Urrea's 2009 novel, Into the Beautiful North, about a young Mexican woman's quest to save her town from thugs by bringing home the men who have left to work in United States.


Change of Venue:  Urrea will speak at the Hubbell Auditorium in Hutchison Hall on March 28th at 7:30 - 9:00 pm. The University Bookstore will sell copies of the book at the talk, and the author will be available to do a signing. The event is free and open to the public.


If you'd like to read and discuss the book before attending Urrea's talk, there will be several discussion groups:


"Rush Rhees Reads" will host 2 discussion sessions for undergraduates (with refreshments!):

- March 27 @ 5-6pm in the Hawkins-Carlson seminar room (off the main lobby of Rush Rhees)

- March 28 @ 5-6pm in the Gamble Room (on the 3rd floor of Rush Rhees)

For more information about the "Rush Rhees Reads" undergraduate book group, find us on Facebook at or email


Following the discussion on Wednesday, March 27, there will be a screening of the film The Magnificent Seven which plays a central role in the novel. The screening will begin around 6:15 pm in the Hawkins-Carlson Reading Room.

Two students who participate in Wednesday’s book discussion will be selected to attend a private reception with the author and UR President Joel Seligman prior to Thursday night’s reading, courtesy of the Rochester Center for Community Leadership.


The Department of Psychiatry has organized 3 discussion times largely aimed at faculty and staff.

Those interested in attending should RSVP by Friday, 3/15 if you to join a discussion, as there will be refreshments provided. 

- March 20 @ 12-1pm over a light lunch (Thaler Conf Rm. Medical Center 1-8136) Facilitators: Susan Blaakman & Caroline Nestro

- March 21 @ 7:30-8:30am over coffee, tea and pastries (Thaler Conf Rm. Medical Center 1-8136) Facilitators: Pat Atkins & Jennifer West

- April 2 @ 4:30-5:30pm over Kettle corn and beverages (Babigian Conf Rm. MedicalCenter 1-7023) Facilitators: Diane Morse & Harriette Royer

Contact: Carloline Nestro at



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