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NEA Big Read programs this week

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NEA Big Read: History of Western Film
with Johnny D. Boggs and David Morrell
in partnership with the Center for Contemporary Arts
April 13, 6 p.m.| Zoom, Free

Register for this event HERE

Join acclaimed western authors Johnny D. Boggs and David Morrell in this unique, online discussion on the far-reaching influence of the western film genre on media and culture, exploring the history behind some key features.

Boggs and Morrell will discuss the thematic similarity amongst numerous western films and literature, exploring how the long-lasting genre has figured prominently in our lives. Films include The Magnificent Seven (1960), and Seven Samurai (1954), which is prominently featured in Urrea’s novel, amongst others. In preparation for this virtual event, audiences are encouraged to watch or revisit a list of films at their leisure via streaming platforms or from their local libraries, with the aforementioned highlighted as most pertinent.

Key Films:

The Magnificent Seven (1960): Available from the library on DVD and also on Prime VideoSlingHulu, and other streaming services.

Seven Samurai (1954): Available from the library on Kanopy or DVD, also on HBO MaxGoogle PlayPrime Video, and other streaming services.

Other Influences: The Dirty Dozen (1967), Young Guns (1988), A Bug’s Life (1998)

Mexican Westerns: Vera Cruz (1954), The Professionals (1966), The Wild Bunch (1969)

NEA Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest.

This program comes as a partnership with the Center for Contemporary Arts (CCA), as part of the NEA Big Read grant initiative that showcases a diverse range of themes in programming centered around a book. Santa Fe’s selection is Into the Beautiful North by Luis Alberto Urrea.

Virtual Youth Author Event with Alexandra Diaz
April 14, 2021 at 4:00 p.m. MT

Register to attend this Zoom event at

Alexandra Diaz is the award winning children’s book author of The Only Road, its sequel, The Crossroad, and Santiago’s Road Home. The Only Road is the recipient of multiple awards, including the Pura Belpré Honor and Américas Award, among others. The daughter of Cuban refugees, she is a native Spanish speaker who currently lives in Santa Fe, NM. Suitable for adults and children 8+

The Only Road is a story of a family’s decision to send their children alone to Los Estados Unidos in order to save their lives. It is a story of fear and bravery, love and loss, strangers becoming family, and one boy’s treacherous and life-changing journey.

NEA Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Santa Fe Public Library , the Santa Fe Community Foundation, and the Santa Fe New Mexican.

Libros Para El Viaje/ Books for the Journey

A Plática/ A Conversation with Author Denise Chávez and Kari Lenander, Executive Director of the Border Servant Corps

Thursday, April 15, 2021 at 5 p.m. MST

Register to attend this Zoom event at:

Denise Chávez

A true child of La Frontera, Chávez is a novelist, playwright, actor, community activist and teacher whose work focuses on the border corridor of southern New Mexico, West Texas, and Northern México. While her work is centered in this ever-challenged break between the worlds, her characters speak to universal themes.

Chávez’s books include The King and Queen of Comezón, A Taco Testimony: Meditations on Family, Food and Culture, Loving Pedro Infante, Face of An Angel, and a short story collection, The Last of the Menu Girls and a children’s book, La Mujer Que Sabía El Idioma de Los Animales/The Woman Who Knew the Language of the Animals. Chávez has performed her one-woman shows, Novena Narrativas: The Novena Narratives and El Muro/The Wall: A Chorus of Immigrant Women’s Voices throughout the U.S.

Since May 2018, Chávez has distributed books in Spanish and Portuguese as well as bilingual English/Spanish books to Refugee, Asylum and Migrant families on the U.S./México border in Las Cruces, New Mexico, El Paso, Texas, Juárez, Anapra and Palomas, México in a program called Libros Para El Viaje/Books for the Journey, in collaboration The Border Servant Corps in Las Cruces. Thousands of books have been donated by publishers, bookstores, booksellers, writers, artists, agents, filmmakers and hundreds of readers and sponsors.

Chávez will share her stories of working on Libros Para El Viaje. Special guest, Kari Lenander, Executive Director of The Border Servant Corps, will also join the program.

NEA Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Santa Fe Public Library , the Santa Fe Community Foundation, and the Santa Fe New Mexican.

Quarantine Book Club: Into The Beautiful North

Friday, April 16, 2021 at 4:00 p.m.

Register here to receive a Zoom invitation link:

Invitations will be sent out 1-3 days prior to the meeting.

Place our NEA Big Read selection Into The Beautiful North by Luis Alberto Urrea on hold to be picked up during curbside hours (Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Saturday from 12:00 p.m. (noon) to 5:30 p.m.), or talk to one of our librarians about reading or listening to the book on your own device.

For questions or help getting started, call the Main Library at (505) 955-6781, the La Farge Library at (505) 955-4862, or the Southside Library at (505) 955-2820. You can also direct questions to


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