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North Central College welcomes two notable authors during Naperville Reads 2012

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Luis Alberto Urrea
Luis Alberto Urrea

Jan. 30, 2012—A pair of notable authors will speak and sign books at North Central College in February as part of the 11th annual Naperville Reads celebration.

Anderson’s Bookshops present appearances by authors Antonio Sacre on Thursday, Feb. 9, and Luis Alberto Urrea on Thursday, Feb. 23. Both events begin at 7 p.m. in the College’s Wentz Concert Hall at the Fine Arts Center, 171 E. Chicago Ave. Contact Anderson’s at 630-355-2665, visit or Naperville Public Library branches for free tickets.

Sacre is this year’s featured children’s author and is an internationally touring writer, storyteller and solo performance artist based in Los Angeles. His children’s books include “The Barking Mouse,” “A Mango in the Hand: A Story Told Through Proverbs,” “La Noche Buena: A Christmas Story.” Since 1994, he 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 in New York, Chicago and Los Angeles. He has performed at the National Book Festival at the Library of Congress, the Kennedy Center, the National Storytelling Festival and many international festivals. He is also widely recognized as a performer and workshop leader at museums, schools, and libraries.

Urrea is this year’s featured adult author for Naperville Reads. He is a 2005 Pulitzer Prize finalist for nonfiction for his book “The Devil’s Highway: A True Story” and a member of the Latino Literature Hall of Fame. He is also a prolific and acclaimed writer whose literature draws from life experiences to explore themes of love, loss and triumph. Among his many books are “Mr. Mendoza’s Paintbrush,” “Into the Beautiful North” and “The Hummingbird’s Daughter.”

Founded in 2002, Naperville Reads aims to promote the pleasures of reading, engage all ages of readers, appeal across genders and a variety of reading tastes, and promote reading as a family and community activity. Authors who have visited Naperville as part of the series include 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.

Public book discussions, presentations and other activities tied to the city-wide effort offer opportunities for readers to share their reading experiences and enhance their understanding of the featured books and the authors who wrote them. The 2012 theme is “Everybody Has a Story. What’s Yours?” Naperville Reads 2012 is a partnership between Jumping Off the Page, Anderson’s Bookshops, Naperville Public Library, Naperville Community Unit School District 203 and Indian Prairie School District 204.

Based in downtown Naperville since 1878, Anderson’s Bookshop was named the 2011 Bookstore of the Year by Publishers Weekly, the highest honor recognizing independent booksellers. Becky Anderson Wilkins, a co-owner of Anderson’s Books, is a 1982 alumna of North Central College and current president of the American Booksellers Association.

These appearances are among many ongoing programs at North Central College to enrich and broaden the cultural and academic outlook for the College and community. North Central offers a variety of venues accommodating a rich range of local and world-class events, performances and space needs for the public. For a comprehensive schedule of lectures, author talks, performances, art exhibits, theatrical and dance productions, visit or call the box office at 630-637-SHOW (7469).