Award Winning Author’s Visit

A best-selling author living right in our own backyard recently came to the Wentz Concert Hall to speak with fellow residents and fans.

Luis Urrea, author of 14 books, including “The Devil’s Highway,” which made him a finalist for a Pulitzer Prize, came to the college for a signing and talked about his newest book, “Queen of America.”

This novel follows the journey of Urrea’s great aunt Teresita, a beloved healer and saint who flees Mexico during the turn of the 20th century to pursue a better life in the United States.

His visit to the North Central College campus comes during the 12th annual Naperville Reads.

Anderson’s Bookshop, the Naperville Public Library, and the two school districts collaborate each year to bring popular authors into the area and celebrate the importance of reading.

Urrea was born in Tijuana, Mexico, providing much of the inspiration behind his writings, which have earned him a spot in the Latino Literature Hall of Fame.

He now lives in Naperville, teaching creative writing at the University of Illinois-Chicago.

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