Everybody loves Luis Urrea – including those who only know him as the author, Luis Alberto Urrea. The author of 14 books, including the Pulitzer Prize finalist “The Devil’s Highway,” a non-fiction saga of immigrants lost in the Arizona desert.
Luis Urrea – and his wonderful wife, Cindy (Cinderella) (Yes, really) have been part of the literary culture of this city since Luis was lured to the University of Illinois-Chicago. The Naperville resident manages to teach, write and also support many causes.
Unlike those authors who prefer to be separate from the world, Urrea embraces it -- and wants to make it better. He has done writing workshops for kids with the fabulous 826Chicago, and been involved with another terrific group, the Young Center for Immigrant Children’s Rights.
A big personality, Urrea was born in Tijuana to a Mexican father and American mother, and is a gregarious guy. We’re delighted to host him for a conversation about his writing, because his new novel “Queen of America”, about a woman thought to be a saint -- inspired by his great aunt -- is terrific, but also because he’s a phenomenal speaker.
A friend who heard Urrea speak at a book fair in Miami recalled that rather than reading from his novel, Urrea elevated the crowd with an oration.
He’s joining us for a conversation next week. Please join us for what promising to be a wonderful evening with Luis Urrea. Here's a link to get tickets for the 6:30 p.m. event with Luis at the Tribune Tower on Jan. 11.
-- Elizabeth J. Taylor, literary editor