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The Big Read of the Hudson Valley ​​

Por Nohan Meza
April 2022
The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), in partnership with Arts Midwest, has awarded Bard College a $19,985 NEA Big Read grant to support the Big Read Hudson Valley: Spanning the Hudson River with Words, a dynamic community-wide reading program offering reading groups, performances, workshops, and events in Red Hook, Rhinebeck, and Kingston.
Focused on the Big Read selection, The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros. Big Read Hudson Valley, which takes place next March-April, 2022, is a collaboration among Bard College and its Master of Arts in Teaching Program and La Voz magazine, with support from Bard’s Written Arts Program, the Bard Conservatory, and Conjunctions literary journal, along with partner libraries and community organizations, including Radio Kingston, the Kingston Library, the Red Hook Library, Tivoli Library, Starr Library, the Reher Center for Immigrant Culture and History, Ramapo for Children, Oblong Books, and Rough Draft Bar & Books.

The books to be read at Big Read are "The Beautiful Things the Sky Carries" by Dinaw Mengestu, "Dreamers" by Yuyi Morales and "The House on Mango Street" by Sandra Cisneros.

About the authors
Sandra Cisneros was born in Chicago in 1954. Internationally acclaimed for her poetry and fiction, which has been translated into more than 25 languages, she has received numerous awards, including the National Medal of Arts, the PEN/Nabokov Award for Achievement in International Literature, and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the MacArthur Foundation. Cisneros is the author of two novels, The House on Mango Street, and Caramelo; the short story collection Woman Hollering Creek; two books of poetry, My Wicked Wicked Ways and Loose Woman; a children's book, Hairs/Pelitos; a selected anthology of her own work, Vintage Cisneros; with Ester Hernández, ¿Has visto a Marie? a fable for adults; A House of My Own, a memoir; and Puro Amor, a bilingual story that she also illustrated. Her most recent book, Martita, I Remember You/Martita, Te Recuerdo, a novella in English and Spanish will be published in September 2021. Cisneros is a dual citizen of the U.S. and Mexico and makes a living with her pen. 

Author Dinaw Mengestu will also participate in the program. "Some kids dream of being in a band," Mengestu has said, "I had my dream of being on a list." In 2010, his dream came true when he made the New Yorker's "20 Under 40" list of fiction writers to watch. Mengestu was born in 1978 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and didn't return there until 2006. He left with his mother and sister for the United States when he was two years old, reuniting with his father who fled during the communist revolution.
The third special guest is Yuyi Morales. Born in Mexico and raised among giant grandmothers, moss-covered walls and wild gardens, Yuyi Morales has a strong connection to the magical stories that ran in her family. Since immigrating to the United States in 1994, she has drawn on her family's legacy and heritage to create some of the most celebrated Latino works for children's books.

Itinerary of the Great Reading 2022

Wednesday, April 6th
-Bilingual Story Time
Red Hook Public Library
10:30-11:30 a.m.

-Franklin Street Renaming Event
In honor of the Big Read and The House on Mango Street, during the month of April, Franklin Street in Kingston will be renamed: Mango. Event with Mayor Steve Noble in front of the Kingston Library.

-Crossing the Hudson River with Words
Sandra Cisneros reads from her acclaimed novel followed by a conversation in English and Spanish with Mariel Fiori and Dinaw Mengestu.
Sandra Cisneros' The House on Mango Street has been recognized by critics, teachers and readers as one of the most important contributions to modern literature. This landmark collection of stories chronicles the triumphant coming-of-age of pre-teen Esperanza Cordero, who finds her own voice and inner potential to overcome the impediments of poverty, gender, and her Chicano-American heritage.
Signed copies of The House on Mango Street will be available for sale in the lobby of Oblong Books and Music. A live broadcast of this event is made possible by Radio Kingston.
Fisher Center, Bard College
7:30-9:00 pm

Thursday, April 7th
-Teaching Cisneros Panel
Weis Cinema (Campus Center) Bard College
6:00-8:00 p. M.

Saturday, April 9
-Dreamers: Plush Story Time
Red Hook Public Library
10:30-11:30 a.m.

-Tortilla Making Event
Ramapo for Children

-Vignettes and walking tour
Kingston Library, New York

-Immigrant Oral History in Kingston
Kingston's history is steeped in the stories of its immigrant communities. Today, the immigrant experience continues to shape our city and we believe it should be included in the historical record. We are gathering the oral histories of those who live or work in Kingston to create a collection that shares the unique character of our city. Come enjoy free music, food, crafts and sign up to record your story.
Kingston Library, 55 Franklin St

Tuesday, April 12
-Writing Workshop
All month long at the Tivoli Library, you can pick up canvases and paint on the themes of The House on Mango Street. At the end of the month these canvases will be displayed in our own Art Gallery, which will open on April 23.
Tivoli Library, 6:30-7:30 p.m.

-Story time for the little ones
From 6 months to 2 years old. This storytime will have a translator.
Tivoli Library

Wednesday, April 13
-Harrison Candelaria Fletcher and Yasmín Ramírez in conversation with Guillermo Fesser
Oblong Books & East Libraries

-Piñata making workshop
We will make traditional looking piñatas and fill them with candy and toys.
Tivoli Library

Thursday, April 14
-Preschool Story Time
Ages 3-5. This storytime will have a translator
Tivoli Library
10:00-11:00 a.m.

-Writing Workshop with Peter Ullian
Kingston Library
6:30-7:30 p. m.

Friday, April 15
Book Group: The House on Mango Street
Kingston Library

Saturday, April 16th
-Bilingual Writing Workshop
Starr Library
Registration required

-Dreamers: Plush Story Time
Tivoli Public Library
10:00-11:00 am

Monday, April 18
Bilingual Poetry Workshop: Words of Belonging
Ages 8-12. Red Hook Library
4:00-5:00 p. m.

Wednesday, April 20
-Bilingual Poetry Workshop: Words of Belonging
Ages 8-12. Red Hook Library
4:00-5:00 p. m.

-Teens talk about community: a bilingual conversation
Red Hook Library
7:00 - 8:00 p. m.

Thursday, April 21
-Book Group: The House on Mango Street
Tivoli Library
5:00-6:00 p. m.

-Immigrant Narratives: "The Beautiful Things Heaven Carries."
Kingston Library
6:30 - 7:30 p.m.

Friday, April 22
Avila Ensemble Concert
Tivoli Library
6:30-7:30 pm
Saturday, April 23rd
-Dreamers: Plush Story Time
Kingston Library 
10:00-11:00 am

-Dreamers: Plush Story Time
Starr Library 
12:00-1:00 pm

Opening of small art show inspired by The House on Mango Street
Tivoli Library

April 23rd-30th
Art Show 
Tivoli Library

Sunday, April 24
Hudson Valley YA Society Big Read '22
Presented by Oblong Books and East Libraries
5:00-6:00 p.m. via Zoom

Tuesday, April 26th
Interpreting the Immigrant Experience
Kingston Library
6:30-7:30 pm

Wednesday, April 27
Ghost Fleet film screening with director Jon Bowermaster
Morton Library

Thursday, April 28th
Book Discussion: The House on Mango Street 
Bard College Library
6:00-7:00 p. M.

Friday, April 29
-Bilingual Writing Workshop: Writing From Memories
Red Hook Library
3:00-5:00 p.m. 

-Piñata Making Workshop
Teen Event
Kingston Library
3:30 - 5:30pm

Saturday, April 30
-Bilingual Writing Workshop: Writing from Memories
Red Hook Library
11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

-Dreamers: Plush Story Time
Morton Library
10:00-11:00 a.m.

-Dance party, block party
Starr and Morton Libraries
-Concert by Avila Ensemble
Reher Center, Kingston

-Closing Ceremony with Dinaw Mengestu
Reher Center, Kingston

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