Luis Alberto Urrea was born in Tijuana, Mexico. He is a 2019 Guggenheim Fellow, the author of 18 books, and has won numerous awards for his poetry, fiction and essays. His nonfiction book The Devil’s Highway won the Lannan Literary Award and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and the Pacific Rim Kiriyama Prize. His latest novel, The House of Broken Angels, was a 2018 finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. He won an American Academy of Arts and Letters Fiction award in 2016 for his collection of short stories, The Water Museum, which was also a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award. Urrea’s novel Into the Beautiful North is a Big Read selection of the National Endowment of the Arts.