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Valeria Luiselli

Valeria Luiselli is a writer and lecturer in Literature at Hofstra University, New York, and is one of the leading voices of a generation of writers who, living between Latin America and the United States, reflect the contradictions of this hybrid identity. Luiselli became known with her novel Los Ingrávidos (Sexto Piso, 2011) and her collection of essays Papeles Falsos (False Papers, Sexto Piso, 2010). Her work, translated into some twenty languages, has received many awards, among them the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for La historia de mis dientes (Sexto Piso, 2014) and the American Book Award for Los niños perdidos. Un ensayo en 40 preguntas (Tell Me How It Ends: An Essay in Forty Questions, Sexto Piso, 2016). After spending her childhood in the United States, Costa Rica, South Korea, South Africa, and India, Luiselli studied Philosophy and Literature at the National Autonomous University of Mexico and Columbia University, New York, where she presently resides. In Desierto sonoro, the first novel she wrote in English and which is to be published in Spanish by Sexto Piso in September 2019, she denounces the policy of separating children from their families at the border between the United States and Mexico. Luiselli frequently writes for The New York Times, Granta, The Guardian, and El País and is founder of the Columbia University Teenage Immigrant Integration Association. Moreover, she gives writing workshops and lectures in the United States, Mexico and other countries.

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