«Across a Hundred Mountains» (2006) by Reyna Grande
Hosted by Solid State Books
Throughout the 2018/19 season, Washington Performing Arts is collaborating with arts, cultural heritage, education, and literary partners throughout D.C. to facilitate a multi-disciplinary dialogue around the important contributions and experiences of Latinx immigrants in the United States. Musical performances, visual art displays, panel discussions, education programs, and a book discussion series together showcase the wide range of journeys of identity and place experienced by our Latinx neighbors.
Washington Performing Arts and literary partners throughout the city co-present a series of book discussions, hosted by Lupita Quino—better known as “Lupita Reads”—a Mexican immigrant and 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, and the series will explore recent fiction and non-fiction works by Luis Alberto Urrea, Francisco Cantú, and Reyna Grande that share a wide range of perspectives on migration across the U.S.–Mexico border.
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About «Across a Hundred Mountains»
“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.
Free, registration encouraged
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Immigration Book Discussion Series with Lupita Reads:
Mar 5 – Immigration Book Discussion: The House of Broken Angels (Urrea)
Apr 30 – Immigration Book Discussion: The Line Becomes a River (Cantú)
May 7 – Across a Hundred Mountains (Grande)
These events are a few of the many activities throughout the winter and spring that are curated by the Mars Urban Arts Initiative in partnership with the GALA Hispanic Theatre
and Carlos Rosario International Public Charter School
to expand the conversation around our March 17 special production: Simulcast: Dreamers // featuring the Philharmonia Orchestra
. It is part of Washington Performing Arts’ global programming initiative, The World in Our City: Latinx in D.C., which provides perspective on what it means to be a citizen of the world through a unique arts-based lens.
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Co-presented by Washington Performing Arts’ Mars Urban Arts Initiative, DC Public Library, Politics & Prose, Solid State Books, and Lupita Reads. This program is made possible by Tom Gallagher, in honor of Turnaround Inc.; Events DC; Fred and Lucia Hill; and Gary and Silvia Yacoubian.