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Setting Fire to Our Assumptions: Luis Urrea on his ‘Big Read’

'Into the Beautiful North' author Luis Alberto Urrea is in Atlanta this week to discuss his book, which is this month's 'Big Read' pick.
'Into the Beautiful North' author Luis Alberto Urrea is in Atlanta this week to discuss his book, which is this month's 'Big Read' pick.

This week, Pulitzer-Prize nominated author Luis Alberto Urrea is in town to discuss a novel that’s part fable, part gritty realism, and one-hundred percent rollicking adventure: his 2009 work Into the Beautiful North.

Urrea’s book is this month’s selection for The Big Read, a program sponsored by the Atlanta History Center and the Atlanta-Fulton Public Libraries. WABE’s Kate Sweeney sat down to talk with Urrea about North and how its border-crossing stories turn our expectations on their head.

Broadcast version of story that aired Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014

In this extended version of the interview, Kate asks Luis Urrea to make sense of yet another true-to-life detail he includes in his novel—west coast surfer slang.

Extended web version of story that aired Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014

Luis Alberto Urrea has two Atlanta appearances on Wednesday, September 17. He’ll visit the Atlanta Fulton Public Library in Roswell, and he’ll give the Big Read keynote lecture at the Atlanta History Center.

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