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Novelist Valeria Luiselli Closes Allan Hamilton Dickson Spring Writers Series April 11 at Wilkes University

The Wilkes University English Department welcomes Valeria Luiselli as the last distinguished author to visit campus for the Allan Hamilton Dickson Fund Spring Writers Series. Her reading will take place Tuesday, April 11 at 7 p.m. in the salon of Kirby Hall, 202 S. River St., Wilkes-Barre. This event is free and open to the public.

 There is a workshop and Q&A session in Kirby Hall from 3:30 to 4:45 p.m.  It is s open to the public. Following is a dinner with students that is invitation only from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Directly after the reading in the salon is a book signing, also open to the public.

Born in Mexico City in 1983, Valeria Luiselli published a book of personal essays titled Papeles falsos (Sidewalks) in 2010. Her first novel, Los ingrávidos (Faces in the Crowd) was originally published by Sexto Piso in April 2011 and in the United Kingdom by Granta in May 2012. In 2014 she was named one of the 5 under 35 by the National Book Foundation in the United States.

Luiselli’s work has appeared in The New Yorker, Asymptote, McSweeney’s, Granta, Letras Libres and The New York Times. Her most recent novel, La historia de mis dientes (The Story of My Teeth), is one of The New York Times 100 Notable Books of 2015 and won the LA Times Book Prize for Fiction 2016.

She recently completed a doctorate in comparative literature at Columbia University, and her work has been published in 14 languages.