CITY HALL-- Los Angeles City Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell and the Department of Cultural Affairs kicked off an event to celebrate literature and poetry in our lives, and encourage more Angelenos to read books as part of their daily routine.


PHOTO: Councilmember Mitch O'Farrell shined the Council spotlight on the Big Read LA program.

O’Farrell hosted a special Council presentation on Wednesday in honor of the  seventh anniversary of The Big Read Program in LA. O’Farrell shined the Council spotlight on Los Angeles Poet Laureate Luis Rodriguez and Pulitzer-nominated author Luis Alberto Urrea. During the event, the 2015 Big Read Program in LA was officially introduced along with Urrea’s featured novel, Into the Beautiful North. This novel is set in the present day and focuses on the various issues within the U.S./Mexico border region.

“Reading is crucial for the development and advancement of any society," said O'Farrell, who chairs the City's Arts, Parks, Health, Aging, and Los Angeles River Committee. "I am reading Luis Alberto Urrea’s Into the Beautiful North and, like all great pieces of literature, this book gives

us a deeper understanding of the universal issues that face humanity. It gives me great pleasure to shine the Council spotlight on the importance of literature in our lives, and I applaud the Department of Cultural Affairs for its work over the last seven years producing The Big Read Program in LA.”

The Big Read program, which is sponsored by Sony Pictures, will run through the month of June and feature numerous free activities for all area residents such as art exhibitions, live performances, film screenings, discussion panels, book festivals, and visits to cultural landmarks. Additionally, local high school students will join in on the celebration by reading Into the Beautiful North as part of their class assignments.

For additional information on the Big Read LA, please call (213) 202-5567 or visit the DCA’s main website at culturela.org.


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