University of Arizona Campus  •  March 10 - 11, 2018  •  9:30am to 5:30pm
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March 11-12, 2017 (9:30am - 5:30pm)

Save the date for 2018!

March 10-11, 2018 (9:30am - 5:30pm)

Luis Alberto Urrea

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Mr. Urrea is sponsored by the Marshall Foundation

Luis Alberto Urrea is the best-selling author of 16 books, including "The Devil's Highway," The Hummingbird's Daughter" and "Into the Beautiful North." His short story collection, "The Water Museum," was a finalist for the 2016 PEN/Faulkner Fiction award. Born in Tijuana, Urrea has focused much of his efforts on the people of the border regions. A finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, Urrea has won the Lannan Literary Award, the Pacific Rim Kiriyama Prize, an American Book Award, the Christopher Award and an Edgar Award, among other honors. His novel "Into the Beautiful North" is a current selection of the National Endowment for the Arts Big Read program and is being developed as a series for TNT. An adaptation by acclaimed playwright Karen Zacarias is currently on a world premiere tour and will be in San Diego in April. Urrea's books have been selected by more than 45 different cities and colleges for community reads programs, and he is in high demand as a speaker, lecturer and teacher. His has strong ties to Tucson, though he currently lives in Chicago where he is a distinguished professor of Creative Writing at the University of Illinois-Chicago. His new novel, "The House of Broken Angels" will be published next year.

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Scheduled events:
Meet Award Winning Author Luis Alberto Urrea
Festival favorite, Luis Alberto Urrea, is hailed by NPR as "a literary badass" and "a master storyteller with a rock and roll heart." Urrea is a prolific and acclaimed writer who uses his dual-culture life experiences to explore greater themes of love, loss and triumph.

Koffler Room 204 (Seats 304, Wheelchair accessible)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sat, Mar 11, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Signing area: Sales & Signing Area - Koffler Patio (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelist: Luis Alberto Urrea
Moderator: Frank Mascia
Timeless: Fiction without Boundaries
Two prominent novelists discuss writing books without borders, wrestling with reality, and literature that tests the limits of historical fiction.

Pima County Public Library/Nuestras Raíces/Presentation Stage (Seats 150)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sat, Mar 11, 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Nuestras Raices
Signing area: Sales & Signing Area - Koffler Patio (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Álvaro Enrigue, Luis Alberto Urrea
Moderator: Dominique Calza
The Art of the Short Story
Less complex than a novel, a short story is a delicious treat that can be consumed in one sitting. Three practitioners of the craft discuss their creative process and the literary techniques behind this evolving art form.

Student Union Tucson Room (Seats 110)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sun, Mar 12, 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Fiction / Literature
Signing area: Sales & Signing Area - UA BookStore Tent (on Mall) (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Bryan Allen Fierro, Tara Ison, Luis Alberto Urrea
Moderator: Ellen Wheeler
Luis Alberto Urrea
Wandering Time: Western Notebooks Fleeing a failed marriage and haunted by ghosts of his past, Luis Alberto Urrea jumped into his car several years ago and headed west. Driving cross-country with a cat named Rest Stop, Urrea wandered the West from one year's spring through the next. Hiking into aspen forests where leaves "shiver and tinkle like bells" and poking alongside creeks in the Rockies, he sought solace and wisdom. In the forested mountains he learned not only the names of trees—he learned how to live. As nature opened Urrea's eyes, writing opened his heart. In journal entries that sparkle with discovery, Urrea ruminates on music, poetry, and the landscape. With wonder and spontaneity, he relates tales of marmots, geese, bears, and fellow travelers. He makes readers feel mountain air "so crisp you feel you could crunch it in your mouth" and reminds us all to experience the magic and healing of small gestures, ordinary people, and common creatures. Urrea has been heralded as one of the most talented writers of his generation. In poems, novels, and nonfiction, he has explored issues of family, race, language, and poverty with candor, compassion, and often astonishing power. Wandering Time offers his most intimate work to date, a luminous account of his own search for healing and redemption.

University of Arizona Press, Booth #241 (Seats 1)
Sun, Mar 12, 11:30 am - 12:00 pm
Fiction / Literature

Author: Luis Alberto Urrea
Dysfunction Junction: Satire Begins at Home
From wryly witty to laugh-out-loud funny, these three masters of satire offer clever scenarios and dialog with enough snap-crackle-and-pop to keep readers slightly off-balance and always entertained.

Modern Languages Room 350 (Seats 318, Wheelchair accessible)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sun, Mar 12, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Fiction / Literature
Signing area: Sales & Signing Area - Central Mall (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Nathan Hill, Elizabeth McKenzie, Luis Alberto Urrea
Moderator: Lisa Napoli

The Water Museum: Stories
Fiction / Literature
Back Bay Books
April 2016
ISBN 9780316334396
Paperback, 272 pages
$15.99, INSTORE
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NAMED NOTABLE BOOK OF THE YEAR by Washington Post, BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR: Kirkus Reviews, NPR, Men's Journal A new short story collection from Luis Alberto Urrea, bestselling author of The Hummingbird's Daughter and The Devil's Highway. More/less

Tijuana Book of the Dead
Soft Skull - PGW
March 2015
ISBN 9781619024823
Paperback, 208 pages
$15.95, INSTORE
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From the author of Pulitzer-nominated The Devil’s Highway and national bestseller The Hummingbird’s Daughter comes an exquisitely composed collection of poetry on life at the border. More/less

Named Sponsors

Arizona Daily Star
University of Arizona

Presenting Sponsors

Tucson Medical Center

Major Sponsors

Friend of the Festival
Pima County Public Library
Stocker Foundation
University of Arizona BookStores
University of Arizona - Facilities Management

Key Sponsors

Brucker Trust
Marshall Foundation
Monark Premium Appliance Company
William & Mary Ross Foundation
Western National Parks Association

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