SBCC Reads 2017: Into the Beautiful North

    Into the Beautiful North by Luis Alberto Urrea

    Cover Art - Into the Beautiful North

    Borrow Into the Beautiful North from Luria Library TODAY!

    • April 12th, 3pm, Panel Discussion at the Luria Library. Come hear a variety of perspectives from students and faculty on writing and reading fiction, Latina writers, the border experience, and young women as protagonists. Join the conversation!
    • April 24th: Come hear a free reading and lecture by the author! You can even get your book signed! No tickets needed; seats are on a first-come, first-served basis. The event will be held at UCSB Campbell Hall. Doors open at 7:20pm. Event officially begins at 8:00pm.
    • Explore Urrea’s webpage for Into the Beautiful North
    • Listen to Urrea discuss his inspiration and writing for Into the Beautiful North

    Book Citation & Description


    Urrea, Luis Albert. Into the Beautiful North. Little, Brown and Company, 2009.


    Nineteen-year-old Nayeli works at a taco shop in her Mexican village and dreams about her father, who journeyed to the US when she was young. Recently, it has dawned on her that he isn’t the only man who has left town. In fact, there are almost no men in the village–they’ve all gone north. While watching The Magnificent Seven, Nayeli decides to go north herself and recruit seven men–her own “Siete Magníficos”–to repopulate her hometown and protect it from the bandidos who plan on taking it over (

    Urrea is a 2005 Pulitzer Prize finalist for nonfiction and a member of the Latino Literature hall of fame. His book, Into the Beautiful North, was selected as a “Big Read” by the National Endowment of the Arts (NEA Big Read) and has been selected by more than 30 different cities and colleges as a community read. He is a best-selling author of 16 books, and has won numerous awards for his poetry, fiction, and essays (

    Learn more details about the book at NEA Big Read

    Watch an Interview with NEA Big Read Author Luis Alberto Urrea

    Oak Park Public Library, YouTube Channel (2:16)

    January 26: Free Book Giveaway

    Come collect your FREE copy of Into the Beautiful North! Luria Library will be giving out free copies of the book to interested students starting January 26. Books will be available at the Reference & Information desk. Once you’re finished, pass the book along to another reader! Luria Library will have a book donation basket to help you share your SBCC Reads book with other students.

    March 22: Panel Discussion

    What: As part of the SBCC Reads programming for INTO THE BEAUTIFUL NORTH, a discussion about the book. Come hear a variety of perspectives on writing and reading fiction, Latina writers, the border experience, and young women as protagonists. Join the conversation!

    Location: Luria Library

    Date/Time: Wednesday, March 22, at 3pm

    Hosted by SBCC Luria Library & SBCC Extended Opportunity Programs and Services (EOPS)

    Panelists will include:

    Community Events:

    • Author Talk: April 24
      The author will speak at UCSB on April 24th at 7pm. The lecture will be held in Campbell Hall. Tickets are free, but come early.
    • Check the UCSB Reads 2017 Events Page to find a complete schedule of events for the UCSB Reads program.
    • For activities and community conversations sponsored by the Westmont College Library, check Westmont Reads 2017.

    SBCC Reads

    In collaboration with UCSB Reads and Westmont Reads, Santa Barbara City College’s Luria Library will be hosting a number of events and activities to explore the issues raised as we read Into the Beautiful North together.

    Purposes of SBCC Reads are to:

    • Explore interdisciplinary issues sparked by the selected book through conversations, readings, displays, and other activities. Free copies of the book will distributed to interested students; faculty members are encouraged to use the book in class curricula.
    • Generate informed discussion of key issues by promoting the reading and discussion of books on the broad themes in the book.
    • Focus on academic disciplines at SBCC which provide us with a broader understanding of the issues raised in the book.
    • Create further campus appreciation of the library and the role it plays in education and research.
    • Encourage the exchange of ideas with members of U.C. Santa Barbara, Westmont College, and other Santa Barbara community members.

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