NapervilleREADS authors Luis Urrea and Antonio Sacre to visit

By Candy Purdom
Anderson’s Bookshops
Updated 2/4/2012 11:39 AM
  • Luis Albert Urrea

    Luis Albert Urrea

  • Antonio Sacre

    Antonio Sacre

The works of award-winning authors Luis Alberto Urrea and Antonio Sacre are highlighted in NapervilleREADS 2012: Everyone Has a Story: What's Yours? As part of the 11th annual Naperville celebration, the authors will visit Naperville this month for public programs.

Sacre will headline the first NapervilleREADS 2012 public author event at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 9, in North Central College's Wentz Hall, 171 E. Chicago Ave., Naperville. Free tickets are available at Naperville's Anderson's Bookshop, the Naperville Public Library, and on the NapervilleREADS website at

Based in Los Angeles, Sacre is an internationally touring writer, storyteller and solo performance artist. He has performed at the National Book Festival at the Library of Congress, the Kennedy Center, the National Storytelling Festival and at museums, schools, libraries and international festivals. Sacre's children's books are "The Barking Mouse," "A Mango in the Hand: A Story Told Through Proverbs," and "La Noche Buena: A Christmas Story."

Since 1994, Sacre has taught drama, storytelling and writing to teachers and students nationwide, and worked as artist-in-residence with youth in four inner city high schools of New York, Chicago and South Central Los Angeles. He is a sought-after keynote speaker for diversity trainings across the country.

Urrea, a best-selling author, will be featured at an event at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 23, at Wentz Concer Hall.

Urrea, the 2005 Pulitzer Prize finalist for nonfiction and member of the Latino Literature Hall of Fame, is a prolific and acclaimed writer who uses his dual-culture life experiences to explore greater themes of love, loss and triumph.

Among his many books are "The Devil's Highway," "Mr. Mendoza's Paintbrush," "Into the Beautiful North," and "The Hummingbird's Daughter."

Urrea's newest title is "Queen of America," which follows the saga of Teresita Urrea. After the bloody Tomochic rebellion, this beloved healer and "Saint of Cabora" flees with her father to Arizona. But their plans are derailed when she once again is claimed as the spiritual leader of the Mexican Revolution. Besieged by pilgrims and pursued by assassins, Teresita embarks on a journey through turn-of-the-century industrial America including New York, San Francisco and St. Louis. She meets immigrants and tycoons, European royalty and Cuban poets, all waking to the new American century. As she decides what her own role in this modern future will be, she must ask herself: can a saint fall in love?

It is questions like these that spark discussion. The reading and understanding that come from visiting new places, times, plots and sharing the written word initiated NapervilleREADS in the first place and continues with NapervilleREADS 2012. This year's program is committed to the power of stories and storytelling. Activities are aimed at building a deeper understanding of the joys of reading, sharing favorite books, delving into the featured books, and public literary discussion. From reading in the window at Anderson's Bookshop and student programming at the local schools to attending activities at the Naperville Library, readers will have a chance to explore the workings of these authors.

NapervilleREADS 2012 is a partnership between Jumping Off the Page, Anderson's Bookshop, Naperville Public Library, Naperville Unit District 203 and Indian Prairie Unit District 204. This project is partially supported by a grant from the city of Naperville.

Since the program's inception in 2002, the goals of Naperville READS include promoting the pleasures of reading, engaging a wide age range of readers, appealing across genders and a variety of reading tastes, and promoting reading as a family and community activity. Previous authors have included Anthony Horowitz, Jon Scieszka, Neil Gaiman, Gary Paulsen, Gary Moore, Daniel Pink, Brian Selznick, Dan Gutman, Pete Hamill, Jerry Spinelli, Kevin Henkes, Tracy Chevalier, Yann Martel, Katherine Hannigan, Kate DiCamillo, Joseph Bruchac, Greg Mortenson, Jodi Picoult and Lisa See.

Additional and updated NapervilleREADS information may be obtained by contacting Anderson's Bookshop, 123 W. Jefferson Ave. Naperville, (630) 355-2665 or online at