Meet the Authors & Bookfaire

The Friends of the Shannon Center Meet the Authors & Bookfaire

March 15, 2014 from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Keynote speaker Hector Tobar


Hector Tobar is a Los Angeles born writer. He is the author of three books. Most recently the novel "The Barbarian Nurseries," published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux and named a New York Times Notable Book. "The Barbarian Nurseries," translated into French, German and other languages, also won the California Book Award Gold Medal for Fiction, a distinction Tobar shares with John Steinbeck, Michael Chabon, T.C. Boyle, and many other distinguished California writers. For two decades, he's worked for the Los Angeles Times: as a city reporter, national and foreign correspondent (on assignments from Alaska to Patagonia, and from East Los Angeles to Iraq), and was part of the reporting team that won a Pulitzer Prize for coverage of the 1992 L.A. riots. He was The Times bureau chief in Buenos Aires and Mexico City. For several years he wrote a column for the Los Angeles Times, and has also worked as Features Editor at the LA Weekly and as editor of the bilingual San Francisco magazine El Tecolote. He has a Master in Fine Arts in Creative Writing from the University of California Irvine, and studied at UC Santa Cruz and at the Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico in Mexico City. He is also the author of "Translation Nation: Defining a New American Identity in the Spanish-Speaking United States," and "The Tattooed Soldier," a novel. He's married, the father of three children and the son of Guatemalan immigrants.


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