To cap the 2012 Big Read, the New Rochelle Public Library will present a talk by award-winning author Sergio Troncoso.
His novel, From This Wicked Patch of Dust, was picked to be a Notable Book by Southwest Books of the Year and as one of the Best Books of 2011 by Dark Sky Magazine.
Troncoso will give a keynote presentation at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 13 in the Linda Kelly Theater of the New Rochelle High School's new wing.
Organizers said Troncoso will "reveal how his Mexican heritage shaped his remakable life and literary works.
The author, who is the son of Mexican immigrants, grew up on the outskirts of El Paso, TX, in an adobe house with kerosene lamps and an outhouse.
He overcame economic adversity to earn an undergraduate degree from Harvard College, and then studied international relations and philosophy at Yale University.
Troncoso teaches writing workshops at the Hudson Valey Writers' Center and is a resident faculty member of the Yale Writers' Conference.
The 2012 Big Read kicked off in September with a Fiesta Grande on Library Green. Copies of Sun, Stone and Shadows: 20 Great Mexican Short Stories were available for purchase from the library or could be checked out with a valid library card.
The New Rochelle Public Library was one of 78 selected organizations to receive a 2012-13 Big Read grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, to carry out community-based reading programs. This is the library's fifth "One City, One Book" project and its second Big Read grant.