Special Speaker Event: Monday, Feb. 18, 6:00pm
“Our Lives on the Border: Building Bridges not Fences”
Keynote Talk: Thursday, Feb. 14, 2013; 6:00pm, Hotel Real de Minas.
All keynote talks are bilingual, included in Conference Packages, and are also available for Single Ticket purchase.
Best-selling author Luis Alberto Urrea will share his story of transformation from his beginnings on a dirt street in Tijuana to Pulitzer Prize finalist and beloved storyteller.
Though recognized as a writer who concentrates on the border regions of the Southwestern United States, Urrea says, “Borders don’t interest me. I’m really in the business of building bridges.”
Luis Alberto Urrea is a prolific and award-winning writer. He is a master of language and a gifted storyteller who uses his dual-culture life experiences to explore greater themes of love, loss and triumph.
The author of fourteen books, Luis Urrea has published extensively in many genres and has received many prestigious awards. The Devil’s Highway, his 2004 non-fiction account of a group of Mexican immigrants lost in the Arizona desert, won the Lannan Literary Award and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize.
Born in Tijuana, Mexico, to a Mexican father and an American mother, Luis grew up in San Diego, California. His early heroes were all rock stars, but not being especially musically gifted Luis chose to follow in the steps of his literary role models. A fanatical hunger for reading pushed him over the edge at the age of 13,”I just had to do what my heroes were doing” he has said.
His highly acclaimed historical novels; The Hummingbird’s Daughter and Queen of America together tell the story of Teresita Urrea, a great aunt who was a healer and Mexican folk hero at the turn of the 20th century.
These two books, which involved more that 20 years of research and writing, are an epic work honoring the life of an incredible woman.
Collectively The Devil’s Highway, The Humming Bird’s Daughter and his 2008 novel Into the Beautiful North have been chosen by more than thirty different cities and colleges across the United States for One Book community read programs.