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‘Scholars Series’ Speaker and Author, Luis Alberto Urrea, to Speak at UWFox: A Fox Cities Book Festival Event

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Luis Alberto Urrea will offer a lecture and reception on Monday, April 11 from 12-1:30 p.m. at the University of Wisconsin-Fox Valley, as part of the campus’ 2010-2011 Scholars Series and the Fox Cities Book Festival. The event is hosted in Perry Hall within the Communication Arts Center.

In a talk titled “From Tijuana to Harvard and Beyond: One Writer’s Journey,” Urrea tells of his passages from Tijuana, Mexico, where he was born to a Mexican father and an American mother, to the University of California at San Diego, where he earned an undergraduate degree in writing, and his graduate studies at the University of Colorado-Boulder. Urrea was the first member of his family to graduate from college. Paradoxically, he followed his college career with a long period of service working with the poor in Tijuana's deadliest neighborhoods. In 1982, he left the border to teach writing at Harvard and launched his successful writing career.

Urrea has published extensively in all the major genres. The critically acclaimed and best-selling author of 13 books, Urrea has won numerous awards for his poetry, fiction and essays. 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 and the Pacific Rim Kiriyama Prize. An historical novel, The Hummingbird's Daughter tells the story of Teresa Urrea, sometimes known as the Saint of Cabora and the Mexican Joan of Arc.

Urrea's most recent novel, Into the Beautiful North, imagines a small town in Mexico where all the men have immigrated to the U.S. A group of young women, after seeing the film The Magnificent Seven, decide to follow the men North and persuade them to return to their beloved village.

Mr. Urrea’s books will be available for purchase at his presentation.  He will be on hand to sign them at the conclusion of his talk.

To hear more from Mr. Urrea, listen to or participate in his interview by Wisconsin Public Radio’s Jean Feraca at 3 p.m. on April 13.  Feraca will be broadcasting live from the UWFox Union for this episode of her syndicated “Here on Earth: Radio Without Borders” radio show. People wanting to attend the live broadcast should be at the location and seated by 2:45pm at the latest.  

For more information and schedules regarding the 2011 Fox Cities Book Festival, go to www.foxcitiesbookfestival.org. For more information on events at UWFox, contact Jeff Kuepper, UWFox student activities coordinator, at jeff.kuepper@uwc.edu or (920) 832-2671.


Posted on 4/6/2011