Mexican author will visit Rochester

ROCHESTER — An author from Mexico will visit Rochester this month as part of Writers & Books’ series "If All of Rochester Reads."

Luis Alberto Urrea will read from and discuss his novel, Into the Beautiful North. The book tells the story of a group of young women who travel to the United States to find the men who have gone north to find work and encourage them to return to Mexico. Urrea will appear at several colleges during his weeklong visit to Rochester beginning March 27.

Urrea was born in Tijuana, Mexico, and is a professor of creative writing at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He was a Pulitzer finalist in 2004 for his nonfiction book The Devil’s Highway about a group of Mexican immigrants lost in the Arizona desert, according to The book also earned him a Lannan Literary Award. Urrea is the author of several other novels, including The Hummingbird’s Daughter and Queen of America.

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