Luis Alberto UrreaFiction, Nonfiction
Interviewed by: Angela Elam
Catalog Number: 20120914. 20120504
Luis Alberto Urrea is perhaps best-known for his nonfiction. His memoir, Nobody's Son: Notes from an American Life, won the 1999 American Book Award and his book The Devil's Highway: A True Story, about a controversial border-crossing, was a finalist for the 2005 Pulitzer Prize for nonfiction. But Urrea--the author of four novels and a graphic novel, in addition to collections of short stories and poetry--is equally adept at fiction. In this interview, he discusses the craft of writing and talks about how the research for his novels The Hummingbird's Daughter and Queen of America changed the way he thinks about the intersections of family legend and history.
In part one of this conversation, Arab-American poet Naomi Shihab Nye, whose numerous books of poetry, essays and stories have delighted children and adults alike, reads her poem "Famous" that was recently turned into picture book and discusses wh...
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