Cultural Crossings

Speaker Series

UrreaCultural Crossings Presents
Luis Alberto Urrea

Friday, October 9, 2015
6:15-7:30 pm
Main Classroom Auditorium

Open to the Public (no RSVP) Book Signing (5:45-6:15)

Universal Border: From Tijuana to the World

The author of fourteen books, Luis Urrea has published extensively in many genres and has received many prestigious awards. In 2009 on a bit of a whim he wrote his first-ever mystery short story (“Amapola”) and won nothing less than an Edgar Award. The Devil’s Highway, his 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. His highly acclaimed historical novels; The Hummingbird’s Daughter and Queen of America together tell the story of Teresita lJrrea, a great aunt who was a healer and Mexican folk hero at the tum of the 20th century. These two books, which involved more that 20 years of research and writing, honor the life of an incredible woman. Collectively The Devil’s Highway, The Humming Bird’s Daughter and his 2008 novel Into the Beautiful North have been chosen by more than thirty different cities and colleges across the country for One Book community read programs.

For more information contact Dr. Antonio Medina-Rivera at or 216-523-7175.