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Luis Alberto Urrea, the 2005 Pulitzer Prize finalist for nonfiction, discusses his most recent novel, “Queen of America”. Following beloved healer and “Saint of Cabora”, Teresita Urrea, as she flees with her father from Mexico, the book, a sequel to Urrea’s “The Hummingbird’s Daughter”, takes the reader on a journey through turn of the century New York, San Francisco, St. Louis and beyond.

Born in Tijuana, Mexico to a Mexican father and an American mother, Luis Urrea has authored over 13 books, winning numerous awards for his poetry, fiction and essays. On Tuesday, March 27th, Luis will present a reading from “Queen of America” at Prarie Lights Bookstore in Iowa City. This will be the kick-off event for The Mission Creek Literary Series, which will be running from March 27 – April 1.


Monica Hadley is co-founder, host and producer of Writers' Voices on KRUU 100.1 fm in Fairfield, Iowa, a community low power radio station, and webmaster at

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