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Immigration Book Discussion with Lupita Reads - Grande

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Immigration Book Discussion Series with Lupita Reads
March-May 2019

Washington Performing Arts and literary partners throughout the city co-present a series of book discussions, hosted by Lupita Aquino—better known as “Lupita Reads”, to facilitate community dialogues about Latinx immigration to the United States, as represented in fiction and non-fiction works. Lupita Aquino is herself a Mexican immigrant and is the co-founder and co-moderator for LIT on H St Book Club, hosted at Solid State Books. She is a passionate reader active in both the local and online book communities through her Instagram blog, @Lupita.Reads.

Discussion 3: Across a Hundred Mountains (2006) by Reyna Grande
Tue, May 7, 7pm | Solid State Books


“Elegantly written…a timely and riveting read.” – People

Across a Hundred Mountains by Rena Grande is the winner of a 2007 American Book Award. The novel tells the story of a girl who journeys from her hometown in Mexico to the United States in search of her father. She finds strength in meeting other immigrants during her trek and is courageous in dire circumstances that vividly portrays contemporary immigration issues. Grande is an award-winning author, speaker, and educator. As a girl, she crossed the U.S.-Mexico border to join her family in Los Angeles. Suggested secondary title: A Dream Called Home (2018) by Reyna Grande.

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This series is presented in conjunction with the premiere of Washington Performing Arts’ co-commission Dreamers, a new oratorio by composer Jimmy López and Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Nilo Cruz on March 17, 2019 at Sidney Harman Hall (via simulcast).

Discussion 1: The House of Broken Angels (2018) by Luis Alberto Urrea
Tue, Mar 5, 7pm | Politics and Prose Union Market

Discussion 2: The Line Becomes a River: Dispatches from the Border (2018) by Francisco Cantú
Tue, Apr 30, 7pm | DC Public Library – Mt. Pleasant Neighborhood Library

Co-presented by Washington Performing Arts’ Mars Urban Arts Initiative, DC Public Library, Politics & Prose, Solid State Books, and Lupita Reads. Washington Performing Arts’ Mars Urban Arts Initiative is generously supported by Jacqueline Badger Mars and Mars, Incorporated. This program is made possible by Tom Gallagher, in honor of Turnaround Inc.; Events DC; Fred and Lucia Hill; and Gary and Silvia Yacoubian.

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Expanding the Conversation
The premiere of Dreamers will be surrounded by several activities throughout January-June 2019, curated by the Mars Urban Arts Initiative in partnership with GALA Hispanic Theatre and Carlos Rosario Public Charter School. Explore varied perspectives on this timely issue through performances and conversations with a range of artists, advocates, and policy-makers.

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