Tucson Festival of Books

Héctor Tobar



Patrice Normand, Agence Opale

Pima Foundation

Héctor Tobar is a distinguished author and journalist celebrated for his exceptional literary contributions and insightful storytelling. Born in 1963, Tobar's career has been marked by a commitment to exploring the human experience, particularly the stories of marginalized communities. He gained widespread acclaim for his nonfiction book, "Deep Down Dark," which chronicles the harrowing and inspiring ordeal of Chilean miners trapped underground for 69 days. Tobar's work has received numerous awards, including the Pulitzer Prize for Journalism, showcasing his ability to blend investigative reporting with poignant narratives. His most recent nonfiction book is "Our Migrant Souls." 

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Awards: Guggenheim Fellow, Pulitzer Prize

Communities: Hispanic or Latinx


Scheduled events:
Meditations from the Borderlands
Two expert writers discuss the borderlands, borderland lives, and why these stories matter.

UA Library/Special Collections (Seats 110)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sat, Mar 9, 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Current Issues / Politics / Social Science
Signing area: Sales & Signing Area - Integrated Learning Center (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Tim Z. Hernandez, Héctor Tobar
Moderator: Verónica Reyes-Escudero
LatinIdentidad: Made in the U.S.A
Examine Latinx identity and cultural geography in the U.S. with Marie Arana, Elizabeth Camarillo Gutierrez, and Héctor Tobar.

Nuestras Raíces Stage (Seats 150)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sat, Mar 9, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Multigenre
Signing area: Pima County Public Library/Nuestras Raíces/Craft Tent & Signing Area (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Marie Arana, Elizabeth Camarillo Gutierrez, Héctor Tobar
Moderator: Victor Mercado
Exploring Latino Identity, Impact
Marie Arana and Héctor Tobar weave their personal experiences with interviews and research to tell the history and diversity of the Latino community. The richness of the largest and fastest growing minority in the U.S. grows, as does the group’s influence as citizens and voters.

Integrated Learning Center Room 150 (Seats 155, Wheelchair accessible)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sun, Mar 10, 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Current Issues / Politics / Social Science
Signing area: Sales & Signing Area - Integrated Learning Center (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Marie Arana, Héctor Tobar
Moderator: Tim Steller

Books:
Our Migrant Souls
A Meditation on Race and the Meanings and Myths of “Latino”
Nuestras Raices
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
May 2023
ISBN 9780374609900
256 pages
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The Last Great Road Bum
A Novel
Fiction / Literature
Picador
August 2021
ISBN 9781250798695
416 pages