The Provost's Office is trying something new with freshmen this year.  They've asked the three thousand plus freshmen to read the book "Antonio's Gun & Delfino's Dream."  It's a nonfiction book written by former L.A. Times reporter Sam Quinones about modern day Mexico.

Quinones writes about things that hover on the edge of your consciousness, but that you might not have taken the time to think about.  Remember the velvet paintings that you used to see at every flea market and the vans parked at roadsides throughout the state selling those painting?  I never thought about who was doing the painting or that it was a lucrative job for hundreds of Mexicans who moved to Juarez, Mexico to find a better life.

This book takes you to places you haven't been before.

On September 15th at 7 p.m. in the Continuing Education building Quinones will talk about his experiences in Mexico and sign books.  He will also be at the UNM bookstore in Wednesday, September 16 from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. for a short talk and book signing.

Assigning the book to freshmen was the idea of Provost Suzanne Ortega.  She wanted to talk about immigration in a way that focused on the people and not the politics.