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Carlsbad Reads Together

Carlsbad Reads Together brings community members together and engages them in discussion about the same book at the same time. The 2017 selection is author and poet Luis Urrea’s Into the Beautiful North.

About the Book:

Into the Beautiful North is a quest novel in the grand tradition, though there are no medieval knights, magic rings, or light sabers within its pages. Author Luis Alberto Urrea sets the novel in the present day, in the highly charged world of the U.S.-Mexico border region.

Nineteen-year-old Nayeli lives in Tres Camarones, a Mexican town nearly empty of men, including Nayeli’s father, after most have gone to the U.S. to seek work. Inspired by the classic film, The Magnificent Seven, Nayeli and her three closest friends are commissioned by the new village president to travel north into the U.S. to bring back men to protect their town from encroaching drug dealers. Lacking influence, money, or power, Nayeli and her friends employ ingenuity, youthfulness, and hope to overcome obstacles, suggesting that a new generation can bring new solutions to old problems.

In Urrea’s border world, characters come into contact with tensions that arise from many kinds of differences. Through compassion and humor, Urrea addresses the microcultures within the border world, from the residents of the Tijuana garbage dump to the upscale neighborhoods of San Diego and reveals that the distance between them is not as great as one might initially imagine.

Special thanks to the Friends of the Carlsbad Library for their support of Carlsbad Reads Together.

2017 Events

Carlsbad Reads Together 2017 features a variety of events throughout the entire month of February, including book club discussions, concerts, genealogy activities, films and a community service project connecting to the theme of the book. The capstone event will feature a special speaking engagement with Luis Urrea at the Carlsbad City Library on Dove Lane Feb. 25.

Click here for more Carlsbad Reads Together 2017 event information.

Carlsbad Helps Together Service Project – All Locations
The Carlsbad City Library invites you to donate items to help community members in need. Donation boxes will be available inside each of the Carlsbad City Libraries from Feb. 1 to 23. Carlsbad teens will use the donated items on Friday, Feb. 24 to make care packages for residents of the La Posada Shelter. Click here for a list of acceptable donation items.

Carlsbad Reads Together Community Celebration
Saturday, Feb. 25 from 4 to 6:30 p.m.
Carlsbad City Library (1775 Dove Lane)
This community celebration for the 2017 Carlsbad Reads Together will celebrate the many themes and experiences of Into the Beautiful North through an afternoon filled with a variety of activities for all ages, followed by an Author Talk with Luis Urrea at 7 p.m. Grab your ticket for the Author Talk beginning at 3 p.m. and spend some time with us as we celebrate Carlsbad Reads Together 2017. Activities include:


4 to 6:30 p.m. – My Family Tree Activities, Kids’ Area
4 to 6:30 p.m. – Create your own Into the Beautiful North memento, Exploration HUB
4:30 to 5 p.m. – Ballet Folklorico performed by Grupo Folkorico Tlatoani, Courtyard
5 & 5:45 p.m. – Live mariachi music performed by Mariachi Lindas Mexicanas, 1st floor
5 to 6:30 p.m. – Bowling in the Stacks, 2nd floor/non-fiction area
5 to 6:30 p.m. – Art in the Stacks, create your very own tin art project inspired by Mexican folk art, 1st floor
5 to 6:30 p.m. – Book Sale offered by Mysterious Galaxy, Courtyard


We would love to hear from you if you've participated in any of our Carlsbad Reads Together 2017 programs or if you would like to offer suggestions for future title selections. We invite you to share your thoughts with us by completing a short online survey. The survey should take less than 5 minutes to complete.

Click here to participate in the CRT 2017 Survey.

Previous Selections

Previous Carlsbad Reads Together selections include: