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Reading followed by an on-stage interview – conducted by novelist/critic/UH-Downtown faculty member Daniel Peña – plus a book sale and signing.
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VALERIA LUISELLI, recipient of the National Book Foundation’s “5 under 35” award and two-time winner of a Los Angeles Times Book Prize, was described as “an extraordinary new literary talent” by The Daily Telegraph and “destined to be an important voice in Latin American letters” by Daniel Alarcón when her books Sidewalks and Faces in the Crowd were published. Her second novel The Story of My Teeth—named one of the best books of the year by The New York Times, NPR, and The Guardian—was a National Book Critics Circle Award finalist and hailed by The New Yorker as “a work of immense charm and originality, written in vivid, witty prose.” Her nonfiction book Tell Me How It Ends: An Essay in 40 Questions, about the treatment of migrant children facing deportation, was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award for Criticism and called a book of “staggering emotional power” by Harper’s. She will read from her new novel, Lost Children Archive, about one family’s summer road trip to the west.
TOMMY ORANGE has become an overnight literary star with the publication of his New York Times bestseller There There, which, according to Entertainment Weekly, is “the year’s most galvanizing debut novel.” Louise Edrich writes, “Welcome to a brilliant and generous artist who has already enlarged the landscape of American fiction. There There is a comic vision haunted by profound sadness.” With a fresh, compelling, and brutally honest voice, Orange has created an unforgettable story set in the urban Native American community of Oakland, California. Marlon James writes, “There There drops on us like a thunderclap; the big, booming, explosive sound of 21st century literature finally announcing itself. Essential.” The New York Times calls it “extraordinary. Groundbreaking. Tommy Orange has written a tense, prismatic book with inexorable momentum.” A recent graduate from the MFA program at the Institute of American Indian Arts, he is a 2014 MacDowell Fellow and a 2016 Writing by Writers Fellow. Born and raised in California, he is an enrolled member of the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes of Oklahoma.