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!

Would you like me to speak at your school/town/library/event? Click the logo for more information.

 

 

Ethnick

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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.

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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

Big Read in Oak Park communities
Big Read in Oak Park communities Sep 28th 7 p.m. Dominican University Performing Arts Center, River Forest IL

Oak Park, Berwyn, Maywood and River Forest are all going Into the Beautiful North! They have some fantastic events planned. Please check all the details here.

Dominican University Performing Arts Center, River Forest IL
Sep 28th
2016
7 p.m.
Big Read in Irving TX
Big Read in Irving TX Oct 5th 7 p.m. Irving Public Library, TX

Irving is going Into the Beautiful North and has a great list of events. Please see all the details here

Irving Public Library, TX
Oct 5th
2016
7 p.m.
826CHI: Eat Your Words benefit
826CHI: Eat Your Words benefit Oct 6th Chicago

Speaking alongside Dave Eggers at the annual fundraiser for my beloved 826CHI. Details here.

Chicago
Oct 6th
2016
Big Read in Poughkeepsie
Big Read in Poughkeepsie Oct 29th 1 p.m. Poughkeepsie Public Library

I will be visiting schools & community centers in traveling with Poughkeepsie Into the Beautiful North. Lots of great events are scheduled. Please see details here.

Poughkeepsie Public Library
Oct 29th
2016
1 p.m.
Kauai Writers Conference
Kauai Writers Conference Oct 31st to Nov 6th Kauai, Hawaii

Four day master class memoir workshop and a three-day writers conference. In Hawaii. Details here.

Kauai, Hawaii
Oct 31st to Nov 6th
2016