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Tutka Bay Author Reading: Luis Alberto Urrea – Anchorage

September 26, 2022 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm


This year’s featured instructor for the annual Tutka Bay Writers Retreat will present a reading in Anchorage the evening after the retreat.

Monday, September 26 | 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
Wilda Marston Theater at Z.J. Loussac Library
3600 Denali St.
Anchorage, AK

Co-sponsored by Title Wave Books.

Please note: Covid protocols apply, masking strongly encouraged.

Bio: Urrea, a Guggenheim Fellow and Pulitzer Prize finalist, is the author of 18 books, winning numerous awards for his poetry, fiction and essays. Born in Tijuana to a Mexican father and American mother, Urrea is most recognized as a border writer, though he says, “I am more interested in bridges, not borders.”

The Devil’s Highway, Urrea’s 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. His latest novel, The House of Broken Angels, was a 2018 finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award and a New York Times Notable Book of the Year. He won an American Academy of Arts and Letters Fiction award for his collection of short stories, The Water Museum, which was a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award. Urrea’s novel Into the Beautiful North is a Big Read selection of the National Endowment of the Arts. His forthcoming novel, Goodnight, Irene, will be published by Little, Brown in early 2023. He is a distinguished professor of creative writing at the University of Illinois-Chicago.

What People Are Saying About Luis Alberto Urrea

“It’s difficult to find comparisons to an author as original as Urrea, a kind of literary badass who still believes in love….He is a master storyteller with a rock-and-roll heart.” —NPR

“Urrea’s language is richly textured, creating a poetic fiction raised to the heights of a Gabriel García Márquez.” — Los Angeles Times

“Urrea’s writing is wickedly good—outrage tempered with concern channeled into deft prose.” —Kansas City Star

“Urrea is unstintingly, unironically, and unselfconsciously tender….His pages slip past effortlessly, with the amber glow of slides in a magic lantern.” —New York Times Book Review


September 26, 2022
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
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