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Queen of America: A Novel

In conversation with Carolyn Kellogg
Thursday, December 1, 2011
Episode Summary
Award-winning novelist Luis Alberto Urrea explores the intrepid life of his great-aunt, a healer and \"Saint of Cabora\" who flees to Arizona when she is claimed as the spiritual leader of the Mexican Revolution. This spellbinding sequel to The Hummingbird's Daughter is a turn-of-the-century journey across America. Presented in association with the exhibition, A Nation Emerges: The Mexican Revolution Revealed

Participant(s) Bio
Luis Alberto Urrea has written 11 books, including the national bestsellers The Hummingbird's Daughter and The Devil's Highway, a finalist for the 2005 Pulitzer. Urrea has also won the Kiriyama Prize for fiction, a Lannan Literary Award, an American Book Award, and Christopher Award, among others. Born in Tijuana, Mexico to a Mexican father and an American mother, Urrea uses his dual-culture life experiences to explore greater themes of love, loss and triumph. He is currently a professor of creative writing at the University of Illinois-Chicago.

Carolyn Kellogg is an award-winning staff writer at the Los Angeles Times, where she writes book reviews and covers the publishing world. Her writing has appeared in Black Clock, the anthology The Devil's Punchbowl and Skateboarding Magazine. She recently wrote the Poets & Writers guide to literary Los Angeles and is the former editor of LAist.com. She has an MFA in creative writing from the University of Pittsburgh and is a board member of the National Book Critics Circle.