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COMING EVENTS

Big Read Wrap Party

BIG READ 2010 FINAL EVENT

THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CHANGED

Sat., 5/1 at 10am-4 p.m., Downtown Hayward [map]
Join us for a wrap-up party of the Big Read 2010’s celebration of Bless Me,Ultima. Students, educators, and community leaders will reflect on the Big Read experience and the impact it has had on our community at Cinco de Mayo festival in downtown Hayward. Stop by the library’s booth to celebrate the end of this invigorating program. Event sponsored by Hayward Literacy Council.


Meet Author Lucha Corpi

Sat., 5/1 at 2:00 p.m. , Barnes & Noble Walnut Creek, 1149 S. Main St. [map]
Tues, 5/4 at 7:00 p.m., Barnes & Noble Eastridge/San Jose, 2200 Eastridge Loop, San Jose [map]
Poet, novelist, and children book writer Lucha Corpi was born in a small town in Mexico and came to Berkeley as a 19 year-old wife and student. She uses her books “to study all forms of racism, from the very blatant — police harassing someone just because they’re Mexican American — to the more insidious racism inside our own families.” Event sponsored by Barnes & Noble.


Meet Author Francisco Jimenez

Thurs., 4/29 at 7:00 p.m., Barnes & Noble Eastridge/San Jose, 2200 Eastridge Loop, San Jose [map]
Francisco Jiminez’s novel Reaching Out, the sequel to Breaking Through, follows the narrator’s journey from high school through college. Leaving his home in Bonetti Ranch, a migrant community of dilapidated army barracks with no indoor plumbing or drinkable water, he sets off for college. He leaves behind a family struggling to pay for food and rent and a desperate broken father. Carrying memories of years of poverty and prejudice with him, he enters a world different from his own. Event sponsored by Barnes & Noble Booksellers.


See Author RUDOLFO ANAYA!

Tuesday, April 27 at 6:00 p.m.

Cal State East Bay, 25800 Carlos Bee Blvd, Hayward, Meiklejohn Hall Room 2106 [map]

Mark your calendar for The Big Read
keynote event — a larger-than-life
conversation with renowned author
Rudolfo Anaya, streaming live from his
home in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Old
world storytelling meets new world
technology in this cutting-edge event,
hosted by Cal State East Bay. Don’t miss
this rare opportunity to see, hear, and interact with the
inimitable Mr. Anaya. Learn the story behind his novel, Bless
Me, Ultima
, and the forces which shaped the author and his
work. Event sponsored by Friends of the Hayward Public Library.


Literary Tour: Joaquin Miller, Poet of the Sierras

Sun., 4/25 at 11:00 a.m.
Joaquin Miller Park, Oakland

Join the California Writer’s Club for a tour of local literary history featuring
“Poet of the Sierras, Joaquin Miller.” Event sponsored by California Writer’s Club.

Teen Poetry Competition

Hayward Main Library, 835 C Street, Downtown Hayward [map]

Submission deadline Fri. 4/23
Students in grades 7-12 are invited to submit original poetry on the
theme of “culture” or inspired by Bless Me, Ultima. All entries must be
received at the Hayward Main Library, 835 C Street, Hayward, CA
94541 by 5 p.m. on Friday, April 23. The winners will receive prizes
and will perform their poetry at the Big Read Wrap Party on May 5.
Visit the website HaywardBigRead.Wordpress.com for more information.

Click here for  Teen Poetry Contest Entry Form

Read It, Talk About It: Book Discussion Groups

Autobiography Book Group: A Chicano in China
Wed., 4/21 at 6:30p.m., Hayward Main Library, 835 C Street, Downtown Hayward [map]


Meet Author Rafaela Castro

Sat., 4/17 at 1:00 p.m., Weekes Branch Library, 27300 Patrick Ave., Hayward [map]
Rafaela Castro was born in Bakersfield, California, but has lived most of her
life in the San Francisco Bay Area. She spent two years in Brazil with
the Peace Corps before receiving degrees in English Literature, Library Science,
and Folklore from U.C. Berkeley.


Fernando Hernandez Demonstrates Bronze Casting

Sat., 4/17 at 1:00 p.m., Hayward Main Library, 835 C Street, Downtown Hayward [map]
Fernando Hernandez was born in Mexico City, immigrated to California in
1986 and settled in Hayward. An educator and artist, he has exhibited surrealist
mixed media sculptures throughout the Western states. The artist will
demonstrate bronze casting techniques.


Meet Author Art Rodriguez

THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED

Sat., 4/17 at 1:00 p.m., Barnes & Noble Dublin, 4972 Dublin Boulevard, Dublin [map]
East Side Dreams is the debut memoir of Art Rodriguez, a Latino American
who survived growing up on the rough side of life, spending time as an inmate
of the California Youth Authority. This book reflects on the happy
and the miserable times of his childhood–growing up, maturing, and finally
making a comfortable life. Event sponsored by Barnes & Noble Booksellers.

Meet Author Francisco Jimenez

Thurs., 4/15 at 12noon, Chabot College, Building 100, Room 107A/B in the library, 25555 Hesperian Boulevard, Hayward [map]
Francisco Jimenez’s novel Reaching Out, the sequel to Breaking Through,
follows the narrator’s journey from high school through college. Leaving
his home in Bonetti Ranch, a migrant community of dilapidated
army barracks with no indoor plumbing or drinkable water, he sets off
for college. He leaves behind a family struggling to pay for food and
rent and a desperate broken father. Carrying memories of years of
poverty and prejudice with him, he enters a world different from his
own.

Chabot College Theater Arts presents: ULTIMA

April 15, 16, 17, 22, 23, and 24 at 8 p.m. and April 25 at 2 p.m.
Little Theater at Chabot College, 25555 Hesperian Boulevard, Hayward [map]
(510) 723-6830

An original play inspired by “Bless Me, Ultima”
Tickets: $5 for Big Read participants
$10 general admission

Read It, Talk About It: Book Discussion Groups

B&N Book Group: Bless Me, Ultima
Fri., 4/16 at 7:00 p.m., Barnes & Noble Fremont, 3900 Mowry Ave., Fremont [map]

Read It, Talk About It: Book Discussion Groups

Mostly Literary Fiction Book Club: Bless Me, Ultima
Tues., 4/13 at 6:00 p.m., Hayward Main Library, 835 C Street, Downtown Hayward [map]

Meet Author Gary Soto

Sat., April 10, 2010 at 2:00 p.m.
Hayward Main Library, 835 C Street, Downtown Hayward [map]

Gary Soto grew up in a barrio of Fresno, California, which inspired
him to create over twenty books of poetry and prose for adults and
over thirty books for younger readers. He focuses on the daily trials
and tribulations of Spanish-speaking Americans and connects with
readers of all ages and backgrounds. Soto is considered one of the
most important contemporary authors in the United States. Event
sponsored by Friends of the Hayward Public Library.


Meet Author Tess Uriza Holthe

Tues., April 6, 2010 at 6:00 p.m.
Hayward Main Library, 835 C Street, Downtown Hayward [map]

Tess Uriza Holthe grew up in a Filipino-American family
in San Francisco. Her critically acclaimed and nationally
bestselling novel, When the Elephants Dance, is inspired, in
part, by the experiences of her father, who was a young
boy in the Philippines during World War II. Her second
book, The Five-Forty-Five to Cannes, was S.F. Chronicle
Notable Book of 2007 and ALA Notable Book of 2007.

Read-a-Thon 2010: “Bless Me, Ultima”

BIG READ 2010 OPENING EVENT
Wed., March 31st, 2010 and Thurs., April 1st, 2010
9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. (both days)
City Hall Rotunda, 777 B St., Downtown Hayward [map]

open-mikeJoin Hayward Public Library and friends as we kick off The Big Read, a program of National Endowment for the Arts, by reading Rudolfo Anaya’s classic work of Chicano fiction, Bless Me, Ultima, out loud from cover to cover. Students, teachers, community leaders, friends and neighbors are all taking a turn on the microphone — and so can you. Bring a friend!

Event sponsored by National Endowment for the Arts, Hayward Public Library, and Barnes & Noble Booksellers. Additional Big Read sponsors include Chabot College, Cal State East Bay, Hayward Literacy Council, and Friends of the Hayward Library.

1 Comment Add your own

  • 1. Sandra Rush  |  . at 18:45

    Today is the first I have heard of “The Big Read”. What a wonderful idea. I’m just sorry to have already missed some of the events, but you bet I will make as many remaining ones as I can.

    It is just a great way to involve the Hayward community in an interactive cultural event. Good job. I hope this will be a monthly event with a new book each month. How fun!

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