Preview & Discussion of VALERIA LUISELLI’s New Novel with ANGÉLICA CHÁZARO & KRISTEN MILLARES YOUNG
Please note: Valeria Luiselli will not be present at this event.
This evening’s discussion of writer Valeria Luiselli’s astonishing new novel, Lost Children Archive (Knopf) features two individuals who can speak with knowledge and conviction of the circumstances around this novel’s subject matter, along with Valeria Luiselli’s powerful essay, Tell Me How It Ends (Coffee House Press). The novel released on February 12 to much praise and attention, and Valeria Luiselli is slated to appear in Seattle Arts & Lectures’ Literary Series on April 17 at Benaroya Hall (see www.lectures.org for tickets/information). This discussion should help draw attention to a book that artfully, eloquently speaks to many pressing issues of this time, particularly what is happening on the U.S. border with Mexico. A writer who is originally from Mexico, Valeria Luiselli makes the road trip of a young family into a devastating portrait of what is happening now. Her appearance in April is a must-see, and this book, a vital, beautiful, charged, must-read.
Tonight’s speakers are University of Washington law professor Angélica Cházaro, whose background has included much work on immigration policy. Prior to teaching at UW, she was a staff attorney with the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project. Kristen Millares Young has a novel, Subduction, forthcoming from Red Hen Press. An essayist, critic, and award-winning journalist who is presently Prose Writer-in-Residence at Hugo House, she has had work included in the anthology, Latina Outsiders: Remaking Latina Identity.
“Superb, powerful, eloquent. Juxtaposing rich, poetic prose with direct storytelling, and alternating narratives with photos, documents, poems, maps, and music, Lost Children Archive explores what holds a family and society together, and what pulls them apart. The novel begins with a family embarking on a road trip, and culminates in an indictment of the tragic shortcomings of the immigration process. Luiselli demonstrates how callousness toward other cultures erodes our own. Her novel makes a devastating case for compassion.” —Publishers Weekly.
“Impossibly smart, full of beauty, heart and insight, Lost Children Archive is a novel about archiving all that we don’t want to lose. Luiselli looks into the American present as well as its history: into Native American history, and the many intersections between American and Mexican history that are and have always been there. This is the perfect American road trip novel for right now. Everyone should read this book.” —Tommy Orange.
Co-presented by SEATTLE ARTS & LECTURES and ELLIOTT BAY BOOK COMPANY.