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Genre: C:ADULT Fiction Non-Fiction

Born: 1955 Tijuana, Mexico

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Illinois Connection

Urrea lives in Naperville and is a professor of creative writing at the University of Illinois-Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

A finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, Luis Alberto Urrea is the bestselling author of ''The Devil's Highway'', ''The Hummingbird's Daughter'', ''Into the Beautiful North'', and ''Queen of America'', among others. He 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. Born in Tijuana to a Mexican father and American mother, he lives outside of Chicago and is a distinguished professor of creative writing at the University of Illinois-Chicago. A member of the Latino Literature Hall of Fame, he is a prolific and acclaimed writer who uses his dual-culture life experiences to explore greater themes of love, loss and triumph.

Download the following link to watch Luis speak at the 2018 National Book Festival - https://blogs.loc.gov/national-book-festival/2020/06/best-of-the-national-book-festival-luis-alberto-urrea-2018/?loclr=eanbfb.


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Awards

-- """Across the Wire"""

-- *Notable Book of the Year Award, New York Times

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-- """The Devil's Highway"""

-- *Finalist, Pulitzer Prize *Montclar Book, Montclair State University, 2013

-- *All-Freshman Read, University of Texas-San Antonio

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-- """The Hummingbird's Daughter"""

-- *ILLINOIS READS Book Selection, Illinois Reading Council, 2013

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-- """Into the Beautiful North"""

-- *Big Read Book, NEA

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-- """Ghost Sickness"""

-- *Poetry from Western States Book Award

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-- """The Water Museum"""

-- *Starred Review, Kirkus

-- *Finalist, PEN/Faulkner Award

-- *Notable Book of the Year, Washington Post

-- *Best Books of the Year, Kirkus

-- *Best Books of the Year, NPR

-- *Best Books of the Year, Men's Journal

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-- """The House of Broken Angels"""

-- *New York Times Notable Book

-- *One of the Best Books of the Year, NPR, 2018

-- *One of the Best Books of the Year, American Library Association, 2018

-- *One of the Best Books of the Year, San Francisco Chronicle, 2018

-- *One of the Best Books of the Year, BookPage, 2018

-- *One of the Best Books of the Year, Newsday, 2018

-- *One of the Best Books of the Year, BuzzFeed, 2018

-- *One of the Best Books of the Year, Kirkus, 2018

-- *One of the Best Books of the Year, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 2018

-- *One of the Best Books of the Year, Literary Hub, 2018

-- *Illinois READS Book Selection, Illinois Reading Council, 2019

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-- """Body of Work"""

-- *Lannan Literary Award

-- *American Book Award

-- *Western States Book Award

-- *Colorado Book Award

-- *Latino Literary Hall of Fame

-- *Christopher Award

-- *Kiriyama Prize

-- *Hispanic Cultural Center's Literary Award

-- *Edgar Award

-- *American Library Association Citation of Excellence

-- *LAS Distinguished Professor