Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author Héctor Tobar gives a reading at the Neal-Marshall Grand Hall for Hispanic Heritage Month.
Héctor Tobar is the author of four books, including nonfiction works Deep Down Dark: The Untold Stories of 33 Men Buried in a Chilean Mine and the Miracle That Set Them Free (which was made into the film, “The 33,” in 2015) and Translation Nation: Defining a New Identity in the Spanish- Speaking United States, and two novels, The Barbarian Nurseries and The Tattooed Soldier. His work has received great acclaim: Deep Down Dark, for example, was a Publisher’s Weekly Best Book of the Year and a New York Times Notable Book, as well as a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, while The Barbarian Nurseries received the California Book Award Gold Medal for Fiction and was also a New York Times Notable Book.
Tobar worked at the Los Angeles Times for almost 20 years, where he formed part of the team that won a Pulitzer for its reporting on the 1992 L.A. riots. He is currently on faculty at UC Irvine, and is also a contributing writer for the New York Times opinion pages, as well as writing for The New Yorker and other publications.