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Art Works Podcast: Discovering Kankakee

Washington, DC

Author Luis Alberto Urrea didn’t know much about Kankakee, Illinois, when he was first asked to read there. After all, he was warned to watch out for turkeys in the road when driving there. So imagine his surprise to find a city in the midst of revitalization. Well, let’s let him tell it.

Hear the entire podcast ;where Urrea talks about the writing of his novel Into the Beautiful North, part of which takes place in Kankakee.

And if you want to find out more about the revitalization of Kankakee, Illinois, check out the latest issue of our magazine, NEA Arts, available January 21, 2011.  There, you can read all about the changes that resulted from making the library the cultural center of the city.

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