Big Read

n.b. for Screen Readers: This page is headed with a background image. It is composed of a picture of the top 1/3 of a rising/setting sun, with eyes peaking out at the user, above and left of stylized text reading "Sun, Stone, & Shadows." It also includes, on the far right of the image, the 2010 Big Read Logo, which includes the text "National Endowment for the Arts; The Big Read; Institute of Museum and Library Services; Arts Midwest."

Sun & Stone & Shadows: The Big Read Navigation

Free Events Open To The Public

Print our event poster  for a handy list of Big Read activities.

  • April 1st -- CU Big Read Kick Off

    Join Texas curators Jonathon Searfoss and David Freeman for a night of music, art, reading, and hors d'oerves.  The "Life in a Border Town" exhibit showcases photographs taken by Mexican children of their daily lives in a border town. U.S. Representative, Naomi Jakobsson will help to inaugurate April, 2010 as Champaign-Urbana's Big Read month. A limited number of books will be distributed at this event.

    Location: Alice Campbell Alumni Center Time: 6pm - 8pm
    601 S. Lincoln, Urbana

  • April 2nd -- “Life in a Border Town” Exhibit

    The "Life in a Border Town" exhibit showcases photographs taken by Mexican children of their daily lives in a border town. This exhibit is open to the public until May 5th

    Location: Alice Campbell Alumni Center Time: April 2nd - May 5th, Open Hours
    601 S. Lincoln, Urbana 

  • April 6th -- Edible Books Contest: “Taste of Mexico” Category

    Bibliophiles, book artists, and food lovers gather together to celebrate the book arts and the (literal!) ingestion of culture. Participants create an "edible book," which can be inspired by a favorite tale, involve a pun on a famous title, or enter in the "Taste of Mexico" category. Winner of this category will receive a free copy of Sun, Stone and Shadows and a coupon for a free burrito from Chipotle. All entries will be exhibited, documented, then eaten! For more information, visit the Edible Books Festival 2010 Website.

    Location: University YMCA Time: 11:30am - 1pm
    1001 S. Wright Street, Champaign

  • April 7th -- Film Feature: El Norte

    This Oscar winning film, highlights the lives of two indigenous siblings who escape Guatemala in the early 1980s because of the escalating ethnic and political persecution. The film exposes their ill-fated experiences as they travel north through Mexico, to the United States.

    Location: University Main Library, Room 66 Time: 7pm - 9p
    1408 W. Gregory Drive, Urbana

  • April 8th -- Film Feature: Like Water for Chocolate

    Read the story, “Cooking Lessons” in Sun, Stone, and Shadows and build up your appetite for a night at the movies at the Virginia Theater. Based on the novel, Like Water for Chocolate won 11 Ariel Academy Awards of the Mexican Academy of Motion Pictures, earned two thumbs up from Siskel and Ebert, and became the highest grossing Spanish-Language film in the United States at the time.

    Location: Virginia Theatre Time 7pm - 9pm
    203 W. Park, Champaign

  • April 10th -- Children’s Spanish Story Time (bilingual)

    The Spanish story time has been organized  by the Urbana Free Library and the University of Illinois' Center for Latin America and Caribbean Studies since 2006. The event is for children and their parents and consists of story telling, live music and art. It is presented bilingually in Spanish and English.

    Location: Urbana Free Library Time: 2:30 - 3:30pm
    210 W. Green St., Urbana

  • April 11th -- Kids Edible Books Contest

    2010 marks the first ever Kids' Edible Books Festival! Participants create an "edible book," which can be inspired by a favorite story or picture book. This year, contestants can enter the "Taste of Mexico" category for a special prize. All entries will be exhibited and then eaten! For more information, please visit the Edible Books Festival 2010 website.

    Location: Urbana Free Library Time: 1-4pm
    210 W. Green St., Urbana 

  • April 11th -- Musical Performance: Sandunga

    Sandunga draws its inspiration from the Cuban musical traditions of son, guajira son, , and trova/bolero. With its historic roots in the interweaving of African and Iberian rhythms and melodies, the Cuban son remains today a vibrant musical and dance from across the island and throughout the Americas.
    Sandunga consists of Julian Norato (guitar), William Hope (Cuban tres and laud), Tina Hope (claves and guacharaca), Eduardo Herrera (bass), and Adam Walton (congas).

    Location: Champaign Public Library Time: 2pm
    200 W. Green St., Champaign

  • April 15th -- Film Feature: Children In No Man's Land

    Cross into the lives and experiences of youth, caught between borders, as they make their way north to the United States. This documentary captures the shocking world of unaccompanied kids crossing the border into the United States.

    Location: Champaign Public Library Time: 7pm - 8pm
    200 W. Green St., Champaign

  • April 18th -- Keynote: Luis Urrea, author and poet

    An award winning poet and essayist, Urrea authored the epic novel, The Hummingbird's Daughter, as well as The Devil's Highway, a best-selling non-fiction account of Mexican immigrants crossing over the US border. His latest book, Into the Beautiful North, is lauded for having Urrea's characteristic eye for detail, powerful narrative and vivid characters. For more information about Luis Urrea, please visit:  apbspeakers.com.

    Location: Champaign Public LIbrary Time:  2pm
    200 W. Green St., Champaign

  • April 22nd -- BabyFest Storytime in Espanol

    Join the Champaign Public Library for a special evening bilingual story program in Spanish. This event is part of their annual BabyFest week.

    Location: Champaign Public Library Time: 6:30pm
    200 W. Green St., Champaign

     

  • May 5th -- Cinco de Mayo Musical Performance: Ozomatli

    "This band's name has distinctly ancient Mexican roots, but its sound is a decidedly contemporary collision of urban and Latin, hip hop and salsa, sizzling samba and rapid-dire funk, Jamaican ragga and Indian raga. Join these US State Department Cultural Ambassadors as they bring their Unique LA-to-the-world perspective, along with an unparalleled language of rousing grooves, to ignite the grand finale of the Big Read and the final night of the Krannert Marquee season.
    For ticket information, please visit: www.krannertcenter.com.

    Location: Krannert Center for the Performing Arts Time: 7:30pm
    500 S. Goodwin, Urbana