Luis Alberto Urrea
From Tijuana to the World
January 13, 2017

•  Award-Winning Author, Poet & Essayist

•  2005 Pulitzer Prize Finalist for Nonfiction

•  Creative Writing Professor: University of Illinois-Chicago


Acclaimed writer Luis Alberto Urrea uses his dual-culture life experiences to explore greater themes of love, loss and triumph.  Born in Tijuana, Mexico, to a Mexican father and an American mother, Urea’s humble beginning to Pulitzer Prize finalist and beloved storyteller is a story in itself.  Author of 14 best-selling books and publications in all major genres, he has had three of his books chosen by 30 cities and colleges for the One Book community reading programs – Into the Beautiful North, The Devil’s Highway and The Hummingbird’s Daughter. 

In 2016, Turner Network TV (TNT) has acquired Pulitzer nominated, award-winning author’s Luis Alberto Urrea’s adventurous novel Into The Beautiful North to develop into an epic television series.

Magic City Books/Tulsa Literary Coalition suggests the following titles as complimentary reading selections for this season’s speakers. All titles are available at the library. Visit to access the catalog.

Luis Alberto Urrea: “From Tijuana to the World”

The award-winning Urrea has written in many literary genres, below are selections that represent his nonfiction, novels, and short stories.

The Devil’s Highway: A True Story (2004). Describes the attempt of twenty-six men to cross the Mexican border into the desert of southern Arizona, a region known as the Devil’s Highway, detailing their harrowing ordeal and battle for survival against impossible odds.

The Hummingbird’s Daughter (2005). When sixteen-year-old Teresita, the illegitimate and beloved daughter of a powerful late-nineteenth-century rancher, arises from death possessing the power to heal, she is declared a saint and finds her family and faith tested by the impending Mexican civil war.

The Water Museum: Stories (2015). A short story collection that examines the borders between nations and between people, including the Edgar-winning “Amapola” and his now classic “Bid Farewell to Her Many Horses.”