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U of I Holds Two Events for Acclaimed Author Luis Alberto Urrea

November 15, 2019

MOSCOW, Idaho — Nov. 15, 2019 — Acclaimed author Luis Alberto Urrea joins the University of Idaho’s Department of English for two public events as part of the Distinguished Visiting Writer series.

  • 7-8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 20, Urrea participates in a reading and book signing in the 1912 Center’s Great Room.
  • 2:30-3:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 22 Urrea is featured in a Writer’s Studio Conversation hosted by U of I Distinguished Professor Kim Barnes in Shoup Hall’s Pocket Playhouse.

“We are excited to have Luis Alberto Urrea visit the University of Idaho for these events, especially for the unique opportunity to have Luis and Kim Barnes collaborate for the Writer’s Studio Conversation” said Tobias Wray, director of U of I’s Creative Writing Program. “It will be quite special to see these two great authors interact with each other and the audience. We hope the community will enjoy it.”

“We chose Luis because of his multi-genre publishing history and his ability to work with our MFA candidates,” Wray said. “While here, and in addition to his public events, he will teach a week-long graduate master class focused on the craft of fiction.”

Urrea is a 2005 Pulitzer Prize finalist for nonfiction and a member of the Latino Literature Hall of Fame. He uses his dual-culture life experiences to explore themes of love, loss and triumph through his 17 books, which have garnered numerous awards. His novel “The House of Broken Angels” is this year’s public library Everybody Reads selection.

Media Contact

Tobias Wray
Director of Creative Writing Programs, University of Idaho

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