Everybody Reads - "The House of Broken Angels" by Luis Alberto Urrea

Libraries and bookstores from across the region announce their 2019 community reading selection, "The House of Broken Angels" by bestselling author Luis Alberto Urrea. The announcement comes early to allow residents ample time to read the book in preparation for Urrea's appearances set for November 12-15 across the Palouse and Lewiston-Clarkston Valley.

Inspired by the death of his brother, Urrea describes "The House of Broken Angels" as "the story of an American family, one that happens to speak Spanish and admire the Virgin of Guadalupe. Imperfect and glorious, messy and hilarious, sometimes heroic." The novel provides a closer look at the daily lives, trials and triumphs of Mexican-Americans, insights that are especially important today.

Luis Alberto Urrea was a Pulitzer Prize finalist in nonfiction for "The Devil's Highway," a harrowing story of 26 men attempting to cross the Mexican-American border. Urrea is a critically acclaimed, best-selling author with 17 books, and numerous awards for his poetry, fiction and essays. He is a member of the Latino Literature Hall of Fame.

Born in Tijuana to a Mexican father and American mother, Urrea is recognized as a border writer, though he says, "I am more interested in bridges, not borders."

In its 19th year, Everybody Reads encourages residents from across the region to read the featured title, discuss it with others and attend an author event. Residents can obtain their copy of Urrea's novel from local libraries and bookstores. This year's presentations are scheduled as follows:

Tuesday, November 12
Noon, Artisans of Dahmen Barn in Uniontown
7:00 p.m., Nezperce Community Library

Wednesday, November 13
Noon, Asotin County Library at Basalt Cellars, 906 Port Drive, Clarkston
7:00 p.m., Lewiston City Library

Thursday, November 14
Noon, Whitman County Library, Colfax (RSVP if you want lunch)
7:00 p.m., Neill Public Library, Pullman

Friday, November 15
Noon, Washington State University, Holland Library, Pullman
7:00 p.m., Latah County Library at the 1912 Center, Moscow

Please contact Kristie Kirkpatrick at (509) 397-4366 or kirkpatr@colfax.com to RSVP for the lunch at the Colfax event with any questions.

For information about any of these events, contact your local library or visit the Everybody Reads website at www.everybody-reads.org


For a complete list of events and programs happening in all fourteen Whitman County Library branches- visit the Whitman County Library website or our Blog at http://whitmancountylibrary.blogspot.com- the library's events calendar- Facebook- Twitter-  or call the library at 397-4366 or 877-733-3375 toll-free.