Award-Winning Author Luis Alberto Urrea to Speak

Author of Montclair Book 2013, “The Devil’s Highway,” to discuss his works

Award-winning, best-selling author, Luis Alberto Urrea, will read from and talk about his works at two special events to be held at Montclair State University on Thursday, September 19, at the University Hall Conference Center.

At 4:00 p.m., Urrea will read from his novel, The Hummingbird’s Daughter, and at 7:00 p.m., he will speak about his experiences researching and writing The Devil’s Highway. A book signing session will follow the 7:00 p.m. keynote address and both events are free and open to the public.

A 2005 Pulitzer Prize finalist for nonfiction and winner of the Lannan Literary Award, The Devil’s Highway is the selection for Montclair Book 2013, a common reading experience for first-year students. It is the account of a group of Mexican immigrants who attempted to cross the border into the desert of southern Arizona, one of the harshest and deadliest regions on the continent. Of the 26 men who set out on the crossing, only 12 survived.

A member of the Latino Literature Hall of Fame, Urrea is a prolific and acclaimed writer who uses his Mexican and American dual-culture life experiences to explore greater themes of love, loss and triumph. The author of more than a dozen works of fiction, nonfiction and poetry, Urrea has held writing workshops and taught at colleges and universities around the nation and is currently professor of creative writing at the University of Illinois-Chicago.

The events are jointly sponsored by the Center for Writing Excellence, the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, the First-Year Writing Program, the Latin American and Latino Studies Program, and Student Development and Campus Life. Please join us for these very special events!