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Thank you for another successful Big Read!

Into the Beautiful North

Wichita Mayor Jeff Longwell proclaimed October 2015 The Big Read Month!

Author Luis Alberto Urrea visited Wichita on November 6-7 to discuss his book Into the Beautiful North, his life and his writing. The visit was the concluding event in this year’s Big Read Wichita series. Mr. Urrea also met with Spanish language students at Wichita North High School and participated in a panel symposium at Wichita State University. He made a special visit to the Sedgwick County Juvenile Detention Facility where he told stories and listened to the teens in residence at that time.

Your feedback has indicated this year's Big Read program more than fulfilled expectations for reading and discussing a “new” novel unfamiliar to many, with contemporary themes and the opportunity to meet and hear from the author.

A big thank you to everyone who participated in Big Read Wichita 2015! We had so many people and groups involved this year that we are still gathering the data of all we accomplished! But here's a brief look at how big this year's Big Read Wichita was.

Posted by The Big Read - Wichita on Friday, November 20, 2015

Wichita is one of the nation's longest-running Big Read programs and joined only 75 communities that will host a Big Read in 2015-16. Community partners from across the region make this effort possible.

The Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts managed by Arts Midwest and designed to revitalize the role of literature in American culture and bring the transformative power of literature into the lives of citizens. The Big Read brings together partners across the country to encourage citizens to read for pleasure and enlightenment.

The Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest.

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