Preview & Discussion of Valeria Luiselli’s new novel, Lost Children Archive
Please note: Valeria Luiselli will not be present at this event
The astonishing new novel, Lost Children Archive (Knopf) is scheduled to release on February 12, 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.
“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.