MONDAY JUNE 8, 5:00-9:00 pm
The Book Works will host author Luis Alberto Urrea for a talk and booksigning as part as a fundraising event for the KPBS Border Desk. This event is free to the public. Seating is on a first come, first-seated basis.

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

5:00-6:30 pm: RECEPTION WITH LIVE MUSIC AND SILENT AUCTION
To register for silent auction prior to the event, call (858.755.3735), email (lucia@book-works.com) or come in to register.

6:30 to 8:00 pm: FEATURED GUESTS (FIRST COME, FIRST SEATED)

6:30: Amy Isackson, KPBS Border Correspondent
Ms. Isackson will discuss plans for full-time media coverage at the border.

7:00: Luis Alberto Urrea, Author

Mr. Urrea will read from his new book, Into the Beautiful North, the story of an irresistible young woman’s quest to find herself on both sides of the border.

Luis Alberto Urrea is the author of many works of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry, including The Devil’s Highway and The Hummingbird’s Daughter. Urrea is the recipient of an American Book Award, a Western States Book Award, a Colorado Book Award, and he has been inducted into the Latino Literary Hall of Fame.

8:00 BOOKSIGNING, RECEPTION, AND FURTHER FUNDRAISING

Mr. Urrea will sign books that have been purchased at The Book Works.

INFORMATION ABOUT THE KPBS BORDER DESK FUND

The border is a defining feature of San Diego/Tijuana region. Yet, it remains severely under-covered by major commercial news outlets. To comprehend the complexity of immigration, one must examine the interwoven lives of residents – on both sides of the border. Our audience and our community deserve to hear voices and share ideas on a greater variety of topics than that of just the violence of the drug trade.

KPBS proposes to create a border desk unit within the station that will allow for greater coverage of this vibrant region. With more than one reporter, KPBS will be able to provide a much richer portrait to our audiences of the life, culture, challenges, and promises of the border region. They will be able to focus more on immigration, health care issues, the economy, education, infrastructure, the environment, arts, culture etc.

Covering the border requires commitment to overcome challenges: working in two countries, in two cultures, in two languages. KPBS News wants to make that commitment. However, it needs support to fund a full time “Border Desk”.

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