The common reader to be discussed at 2015 Freshman Convocation is Into the Beautiful North
by Luis Alberto Urrea, an award-winning writer, a
member of the Latino Literature Hall of fame, and professor of creative writing
at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Among the themes in this modern fairy
tale are immigration, borders between nations and between people,
resilience, and strengthening the community.
Day: Saturday, August 22, 2015
Time: 8:00 am to 12:30 pm
8 am to 9 am: Registration and light refreshments; Program 9 am to 10 am; Discussion sessions, 10:15 am to 11:15 am; and Community Engagement, 11:30 am to 12:30 pm.
Place: 3rd Floor Academic Building, Robertson Auditorium
2014 Big Read
A Lesson Before Dying
Ernest J. Gaines
ISBN-10: 0375702709 or ISBN-13: 978-0375702709
A Lesson Before Dying, is set in a small Cajun community in the late 1940s. Jefferson, a young black man, is an unwitting party to a liquor store shoot out in which three men are killed; the only survivor, he is convicted of murder and sentenced to death. Grant Wiggins, who left his hometown for the university, has returned to the plantation school to teach. As he struggles with his decision whether to stay or escape to another state, his aunt and Jefferson's godmother persuade him to visit Jefferson in his cell and impart his learning and his pride to Jefferson before his death. In the end, the two men forge a bond as they both come to understand the simple heroism of resisting—and defying—the expected.
The Big Read Events In Houston
Houston Public Library - Classic Literature Book Club
Date: 2nd Tuesday of every month
Time: 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Phone: (832) 393-1313
Do your reading tendencies lean toward the classics? If you enjoy reading and discussing classic literature, please join us.
HOUSTON PUBLIC LIBRARY - Shepard-Acres Home Book Club
Date: 2nd Saturday of every month
Time: 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Phone: (832) 393-1700
Do you enjoy discussing books with like-minded individuals in a casual, relaxed setting? Our book club selections focus on best sellers, popular fiction, and classics.
Time: 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Location: Ripley House, Room 135
The Ripley House Neighborhood Center will host a community read-out of
A Lesson Before Dying at Baker-Ripley House locations.
Center for Critical Race Studies Read out
Date: Thursday, July 9, 2015
Time: 9:00a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Location: University of Houston-Downtown
Students enrolled in UHD's Introduction to Philosophy and African American literature courses at UHD will facilitate book discussions of
A Lesson Before Dying with participating high school students in the Houston Independent School District Summer Reading Program.