The Big Read Blog (Archive)

Bless Me

The art of storytelling is arresting to the senses. A great book will stop you in your tracks. You'll forgo other responsibilities to continue the story. You want more. More is what you get if you're participating in the Fresno County Public Library's Big Read events , which focus on Rudolfo Anaya'...
On June 4, we announced the 2013 NEA Heritage Fellows . Holy moly, with nine states represented, could there be a more diverse range of artisans in terms of talent and geography? After you peruse their astounding biographies and compelling work samples, be sure to check out the Heritage Fellows on...
Maclovia B. Zamora at B. Ruppe Drugs in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Image by Karen Kuehn for New Mexico Magazine A few weeks ago, to coincide with the Albuquerque/Bernalillo County Libraries' celebration of Bless Me, Ultima , the National Hispanic Cultural Center in Albuquerque launched a three-week...
Dr. Catalina Castillón with a Spanish-language copy of Bless Me, Ultima . Photo courtesy of Castillón Rudolfo Anaya’s Bless Me, Ultima , is one of the most notable and celebrated books in Hispanic-American literature today. The novel tells the story of young Antonio’s journey to manhood, and the...
Screen shot of the opening image from our Big Read film featuring Rudolfo Anaya. Rudolfo Anaya knows about story. For him, storytelling lies at the heart of, well, everything; it's what connects and shapes humanity. In the video below, Anaya shares the story behind the story of his seminal novel,...
Washington, DC Rudolfo Anaya courtesy of Marion Ettlinger. Stories are universal in song and on the page. In this audio excerpt we get both! Author Rudolfo Anaya comments on the undercurrent of storytelling that permeates his coming-of-age classic, Bless Me, Ultima . Then, actor Cheech Marin reads...
Chicago, Illinois A Big Read, Chicago Style panel discussion facilitated in Spanish by one of Boundless Readers? Big Read partners, contratiempo, a Chicago-based nonprofit literary and publishing center. Photo courtesy of Boundless Readers For more than 20 years, Boundless Readers has been...
Washington, DC by Paulette Beete Rudolfo Anaya was the guest of the honor at one of the inaugural Big Reads of Bless Me, Ultima in 2007. Photo courtesy of Bernalillo County, New Mexico. 1. Rudolfo Anaya received an NEA literature fellowship in 1979. He received the National Medal of Arts---the...
Taos, New Mexico As part of its Big Read celebration of Rudolfo Anaya's Bless Me, Ultima , the Society of the Muse of the Southwest hosted a public conversation with painter and book illustrator Amy Cordova, who has worked with Anaya on a number of books for children. Below Amy discusses how family...
October 30, 2009 Washington, DC Happy Birthday Rudolfo Anaya! To celebrate, why not grab a slice of birthday cake and settle in to watch A Conversation with Rudolfo Anaya. Here's the short version of the film---by Lawrence Bridges---to get you started. [flv: http://bigread.s3.amazonaws.com/anaya/...

Pages