NEA Big Read Author to visit Lancaster!

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Author, Luis Alberto Urrea
Luis Alberto Urrea is an award-winning writer, who uses his dual-culture life experiences to explore greater themes of love, loss and triumph.


Lancaster Public Library and the League of Women Voters of Lancaster County are thrilled to welcome Luis Alberto Urrea, author of the NEA Big Read’s “Into the Beautiful North” to Lancaster for two engagements in May!

Mr. Urrea will discuss his novel and answer questions for an intimate gathering at JP McCaskey High School (445 N. Reservoir Street) on Friday, May 18 from 6-7:30 p.m. The following day, Mr. Urrea will discuss his novel, answer questions, and sign books for a larger audience at the Ware Center (42 N. Prince Street) on Saturday, May 19 from 1:30-3:30 p.m.

Space is limited, and registration is required for both programs. Visit  for details.

Into the Beautiful North“We are delighted to bring Luis Alberto Urrea to Lancaster for this once in a lifetime opportunity,” said Lancaster Public Library Executive Director Heather Sharpe. “We’ve engaged in a lot of meaningful conversations with our book discussions over the last six months, and look forward to an illuminating dialogue with Mr. Urrea.”

An initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest, the NEA Big Read broadens our understanding of our world, our communities, and ourselves through the joy of sharing a good book. The Lancaster Public Library was one of 75 nonprofit organizations nationwide, and the only organization in Pennsylvania, to receive an NEA Big Read grant. The author visit in May will be the culmination of the community-reading program.

As one of the oldest public libraries in the country, Lancaster Public Library has earned the reputation of a dynamic center of knowledge and a cornerstone of a thriving Lancaster community. After more than two and a half centuries, LPL continues to inspire, empower, and strengthen our community by connecting people with information, ideas, and enriching experiences. For more information about the library, please visit

Established by Congress in 1965, the National Endowment for the Arts is the independent federal agency whose funding and support gives Americans the opportunity to participate in the arts, exercise their imaginations, and develop their creative capacities. Through partnerships with state arts agencies, local leaders, other federal agencies, and the philanthropic sector, the NEA supports arts learning, affirms and celebrates America’s rich and diverse cultural heritage, and extends its work to promote equal access to the arts in every community across America. Visit to learn more about NEA.

Arts Midwest promotes creativity, nurtures cultural leadership, and engages people in meaningful arts experiences, bringing vitality to Midwest communities and enriching people’s lives. Based in Minneapolis, Arts Midwest connects the arts to audiences throughout the nine-state region of Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin. One of six non-profit regional arts organizations in the United States, Arts Midwest’s history spans more than 25 years. For more information, please visit

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Contact: Leigh Kaliss
Phone: 717-394-2651 Ext. 101