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
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
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!