25 Things I Love About Pasadena


1. Every single person we met on the street or in shops or restaurants and at the big event was incredibly warm and friendly.

2. The librarians rock!

3. The library is amazing.

4. Vroman's Bookstore.

5. The mayor!

6. Raul and the Salinas family and their kids and friends.

7. Palm trees.

8. The new convention center is a marvel.

9. Inside the convention center, they have these inflatable white stars that look like jellyfish until the lights come on and the air warms and expands and they swell up.

10. Across the street from the convention center is a fancy grocery store that I can't remember the name of that is so deluxe and delish that I wish I could shop there every day. And they make good coffee, too. And see #1--nice people in there.

11. The astounding Virgen de Guadalupe tile portrait in the Mijares restaurant.

12. Mijares.

13. The town is very pretty.

14. Sunshine!

15. I do NOT in ANY WAY love the semi-nude Englishwomen all around the hotel pool!

16. Fountains in courtyards.

17. The Latino community and history and culture.

18. The mountains.

19. The clouds on the mountains like little cowboy hats.

20. The Pasadena PIO!

21. All my new Yaqui friends who came to say hello.

22. When they had a meeting to discuss The Hummingbird's Daughter, a hummingbird flew into the room.

23. Right before one of the moderators of talks about The Hummingbird's Daughter got the phone call to ask her to do it, her copy of the book flew off her shelf and fell on the floor.

24. The students and faculty at Pasadena Community College.

25. The hip-hop kids in their gangsta outfits in the elevator at the mall with us were hysterically funny--and they knew it. See #1.

I could write more.

Gracias, Pasadena. I'll see you soon on the Into the Beautiful North tour at Vroman's! We want to move out there and settle in....

Loyally, L


dragon (not verified)

Regarding #1.
You are perhaps blissfully forgetting the exceptions from and earlier post?
...one quivering-with-rage Mexican yoiung lady who wanted to fight because I had dissed the Virgin of Guadalupe.
and that 'Taliban'
"If you had used language like what is in your book in my house, you would have gotten smacked in the mouth!"

janna (not verified)

Luis, Happy Easter to you and your family! I preordered Beautiful North yesterday from Amazon, and I noticed they've already got a Spanish version up for preorder as well. I will send that copy to mi novio. Whenever I can find good books printed in both languages, I send the Spanish one to him & we read them together. We've already read a couple Paulo Coelho books that way. Makes the 1500 miles that separates us seem a little less.

aliciadc (not verified)

I love your lists and I love your website. Unlike other authors whose websites get updated once a year, yours is totally alive. Can you post a photo of your dad Alberto Urrea for us? I know you update photos frequently. - Alice

Cafe Pasadena (not verified)

You're serious about moving here?? Congratulations! We need more MALE writers in this city.

pasadenapio (not verified)

Oh, and the market is Gelson's.

We loved having you and your family here!

pasadenapio (not verified)

Bless your heart!

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