This is BIG! “Big Read” comes to campus Thursday
By Kelsey Hoff
The University of Wisconsin-Parkside welcomes author Jorge F. Hernandez to the Somers campus as host of the first "Big Read" discussions. Everyone is invited to take part in the program Thursday, March 1, at 7 p.m. in the library's Overlook Lounge.
Hernandez leads the discussion and a question and answers session about his book "Sun, Stone and Shadows: 20 Great Mexican Short Stories." Free copies of the book are available during Thursday evening's event and at the Kenosha Public Library, the YMCA, and other locations.
The National Endowment for the Arts sponsors Big Read events all over the country, and the Kenosha Public Library received a grant to participate. The goal is to get adults to read for pleasure and make reading a part of their social lives.
UW-Parkside will assist in this effort by hosting a variety of events including a showing of the acclaimed foreign film "Like Water for Chocolate," a discussion about the Day of the Dead celebration titled "Mexican Attitudes towards Death," and a traditional Aztec dance show. There is also an exhibit of Mexican art planned for the UW-Parkside Library and study abroad programs to Mexico.The Kenosha Public Library chose "Sun, Stone and Shadows: 20 Great Mexican Short Stories" to celebrate the growing Latino population in southeastern Wisconsin and to raise awareness of Latin culture and history.