Saturday, December 1, 2007
Luis Alberto Urrea, author of The Devil's Highway, spoke about his book at UC Davis on Thursday as part of the Campus Community Book Project. The Devil's Highway, which tells the tragic story of 14 people who try to cross the U.S.-Mexico border, is this year's book for the project.
The Campus Community Book Project allowed the campus to focus its attention on immigration. The book was a launching pad for dozens of talks, discussions, and film screenings over the last few months. Hundreds of faculty, students, staff, and administrators participated. For more information on the campus community book project and the complete schedule of events for this project, go to: http://occr.ucdavis.edu/ccbp2007.
A graduate of UCSD, Luis Urrea (www.luisurrea.com) was a wonderful storyteller and engaging speaker. Based on extensive research and interviews, he skillfully humanized the law enforcement officers as well as the migrants.
The Devil's Highway was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. Urrea also is author of many other books, including Nobody's Son and The Hummingbird's Daughter. I enthusiastically recommend his work!