Queen of America

Now in Paperback!

In the long awaited sequel to The Hummingbird's Daughter, Teresita has been cast out of Mexico. Now she must make a new life in America.



Moyers & Company

My interview with Bill Moyers on Moyers & Company is available online. Lots of extras, including some poetry. You can see it here.

The Devil's Highway

Honored that The Devil's Highway is the Montclar Book 2013 at Montclair State University and All-Freshman Read at the University of Texas-San Antonio. Look for a special 10th anniversary edition next year!

This Week I Love:

Books: WWII Red Cross research texts, Haiku in English, Lee Child's Never Go Back
Movies: The Sound of Noise, Amour, Riddick
Music: Bastille
TV: Breaking Bad, Broadchurch,Luther

Into the Beautiful North

Am honored that Into the Beautiful North is one of just 34 books selected for the NEA's Big Read project. Ride along with Nayeli & Tacho! Grant money is available for communities interested in exploring common ground through literature. Details here.

Books are great gifts

Click above to order from my local store and I'll personalize before they ship. A perfect gift!

The Wastelander

My regular column for Orion magazine: How I discovered Walden Pond. Sort of.

Book plates

I'd be happy to send you a signed book plate. Just ask!

Luis reads The Devil's Highway

Listen to an excerpt of Luis reading the audio version of The Devil's Highway

Esquire fiction

I'm really proud of a short story I wrote for Esquire magazine's new e-book series. For $1.99, you get a new story by me, Jess Walter & Aaron Gwyn. For e-readers and Kindle.

National City Reparation Society

Continuing my experiment with noir and mystery, my short story from San Diego Noir was featured at The Criminal Element

Urrea speaks!

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Welcome!  I’m Luis and officially, I’m an “award-winning” and “best-selling” author. I’ve written a bunch of books, stories & poems and I’ll write a bunch more. I hope you like them. Read my official bio, download a press kit & see some family pictures.

Oh, and you pronounce it: oo-RAY-uh.

Book club members have been some of my most enthusiastic and careful readers. I’m thrilled to share my work with you, answer your questions and tell you some of the stories behind the stories. This is our spot, just for us. Here, we can chat:  If I’m nearby, I’ll come and visit your club. Otherwise, we can Skype, talk over the phone or email. Sometimes, I’ll send surprises or hold contests.

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upcoming events

Texas Book Festival
Texas Book Festival Oct 17th Austin, TX

Excited to return to the shindig! Details here.

Austin, TX
Oct 17th
Bakersfield College Cerro Author
Bakersfield College Cerro Author Oct 20th to Oct 21st Bakersfield, CA

Honored to be named the Cerro Author for Bakersfield College and have the opportunity to speak to the students and community there. A couple of different events are scheduled. Details here.

Bakersfield, CA
Oct 20th to Oct 21st
On the Same Page
On the Same Page Oct 21st 6 p.m. Watsonville, CA

This type of event is so close to my heart. Delighted to meet with the students & community of Watsonville. This will be special. Details here.

Watsonville, CA
Oct 21st
6 p.m.
Writers in the Woods
Writers in the Woods Oct 23rd to Oct 24th Incline Village, NV

Talk AND a workshop as part of Sierra Nevada College's Writers in the Woods series. Details here.

Incline Village, NV
Oct 23rd to Oct 24th
Beyond Lolita, A PEN America Writers Event
Beyond Lolita, A PEN America Writers Event Nov 5th Chicago, IL

A benefit for PEN America Emergency Writer's Fund, Beyond Lolita: Literary Writers on Sex and Sexuality. With Audrey Niffenegger & Megan Stielstra. Details to come.

Chicago, IL
Nov 5th