The Big Read

Fishtrap is happy to announce the Big Read book for Winter 2015

Into the Beautiful North
by Luis Alberto UrreaThe Big Read - Into the Beautiful North by Luis Urrea - Kickoff Fiesta January 8

cover_into_the_beautiful_northInto the Beautiful North is the story of a group of young people who go on a quest to save their town from banditos. Luis Alberto Urrea explores, with compassion and humor, the micro-cultures within the border world, from the residents of the Tijuana garbage dump to the upscale neighborhoods of San Diego, and reveals that the distance between them is not as great as one might initially imagine.

Kickoff Fiesta
Thursday, January 8, 2015

Our Kickoff Fiesta is an opportunity to celebrate the culture and customs of Mexico with food, music, games, and dancing. Events will continue throughout January and February with book discussions, movie screenings, a presentation by Teatro Milagro and a big Finale Sunday, February 8 with author Luis Alberto Urrea.

Fishtrap will provide free books to schools and libraries throughout Wallowa County. We hope you pick up a copy and join in.

Expect to hear more about The Big Read and Into the Beautiful North this fall.

Luis Alberto Urrea.

Luis Alberto Urrea. (Nicole Waite Photography)

Since Fishtrap was selected by the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) to conduct a pilot Big Read program in 2006, residents from throughout Wallowa County have come together to read and celebrate a different work of literature each winter.  The month-long program includes distribution of free copies of the selected book, discussion groups, school presentations, art projects, lectures, films and the ever-present Wallowa County potlucks.  We have read many books, most recently we read True Grit, by Charles Portis.

The Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts, designed to revitalize the role of literature in American culture and to encourage citizens to read for pleasure and enlightenment. Fishtrap was one of 77 not-for-profit organizations to receive a grant to host a Big Read project between September 2013 and June 2014.  We have received another NEA grant to support the Big Read program in 2015. The NEA presents The Big Read in partnership with Arts Midwest.

Want to get involved?  Contact Fishtrap Program Manager, Mike Midlo.




Thank you to the many individual donors and local sponsors who helped make The Big Read possible including:

Wallowa County Cultural Trust Coalition
Pacific Power Foundation
Community Bank
Chief Joseph Days Rodeo
Hell’s Canyon Mule Days
Enterprise-Joseph Lion’s Club
AAUW Wallowa County