Luis Alberto Urrea




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Luis Alberto Urrea is the award-winning author of 13 books, including The Hummingbird's Daughter, The Devil's Highway and Into the Beautiful North (May 2009). Born in Tijuana to a Mexican father and American mother, Luis has used the theme of borders, immigration and search for love and belonging throughout his work. A Pulitzer Prize finalist in 2005 (nonfiction), he's won the Kiriyama Prize (2006), the Lannan Award (2002), an American Book Award (1999) and was named to the Latino Literary Hall of Fame. He is a creative writing professor at the University of Illinois-Chicago and lives with his family in the 'burbs (dreaming of returning West soon!).




Masha Hamilton, me and Jamie Ford with Darth Vader & pal at the first TFOB 2009.


This is a love story.


Arizona has given me so much. Now, on the eve of our return to the epic Tucson Festival of Books, I am thinking about this complex history. After all, my year of living on the edge in Tucson brought me my bride. Yup--Cinderella was a Tucson Citizen reporter.

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The Hummingbird's Daughter
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location: Wallowa Lake, OR, The United States
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“...There was nothing one could do when love came. It was fast, and it was strong, and if it were not good, then surely God would not have allowed it such power.”
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“Death is alive, they whispered. Death lives inside life, as bones dance within the body. Yesterday is within today. Yesterday never dies.”
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Leslie Larson Hi, Luis.

I'm still eavesdropping on your blog. One of the best around. Hope all's good with you xo Leslie


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Pam Hi Luis,

I am about to read PACKING LIGHT by Marilyn Kallet. I met her at AWP. She's fantastic. Joy recommended her poetry to me years ago, and I am finally reading it.

It was great to see you at AWP. You're handsome & smart & totally charming, as usual.

Pam


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