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Oklahoma Voices (Special): The Big Read (Apr 27, 2008)
ďBless Me UltimaĒ by Rudolfo Anaya is the featured book of the Pioneer Library Systemís Big Read project. With a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, over 80 events have encouraged people to read the book and come to one of many book discussion groups. The book tells the story of Antonio growing up in 1940ís rural New Mexico and examines the mixing of cultures and religion, family traditions and external influences that affect the young boy. This Oklahoma Voices features an OU Honors Class taught by Dr. R.C. Davis Undiano, Dean of the Honors College at the University of Oklahoma and Executive Director for World Literature Today, discussing the book as a seminal point in Chicano literature. The students are Rebecca Mackie, Chris Leatherman, Hannah Moore, Renee Selanders, and Armando Celayo. The program begins with a short interview with Anne Harris, Coordinator for the Center for Reader Services at the Pioneer Library System, about the Pioneer Library System Big Read project. As Anne notes in the program, interested listeners can obtain a free copy of the book by calling her at 701-1839. More information is also available at the Pioneer Library Systemís web page .

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