Santa Fe New Mexican

Who’s Who And Who’s Here

Luis Alberto Urrea is the award-winning author of 16 books that span a range of genres, from The Devil’s Highway, a nonfiction account of a group of Mexican immigrants lost in the Arizona desert, to his acclaimed novels Into the Beautiful North and The House of Broken Angels to the historical novels The Hummingbird’s Daughter and Queen of America, which together tell the epic story of Teresita Urrea, a great-aunt who was a healer and Mexican folk hero. His new novel, Good Night, Irene, will be published May 30. Called “a kind of literary badass . . . a master storyteller with a rock and roll heart” by NPR, Urrea was born in Tijuana to a Mexican father and an American mother. He lives with his family outside Chicago and teaches at the University of Illinois–Chicago.