Valeria Luiselli

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Valeria Luiselli
Luiselli at the 2016 Hay Festival
Luiselli at the 2016 Hay Festival
Born (1983-08-16) August 16, 1983 (age 35)
Mexico City, Mexico

Valeria Luiselli (born August 16, 1983) is an award-winning Mexican author living in the United States.[1]

She is the author of the book of essays Sidewalks and the internationally acclaimed novel Faces in the Crowd, which won the Los Angeles Times Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction. Her 2015 novel The Story of My Teeth was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award and the Best Translated Book Award, and won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Best Fiction, and the Premio Metropolis Azul in Canada. Her books have been translated into more than twenty languages, and her work has appeared in publications such as The New York Times, Granta, McSweeney’s and The New Yorker. Her most recent book, Tell Me How It Ends: An Essay in 40 Questions, was described by the Texas Observer as "the First Must-Read Book of the Trump Era",[2] and was a finalist for the Kirkus Prize in Nonfiction and the National Book Critics Circle Award in Criticism.[3]

In 2014 Luiselli was the recipient of the National Book Foundation "5 under 35" award.


After earning a bachelor's degree in Philosophy from the National Autonomous University of Mexico, Luiselli moved to New York City to dance. She eventually studied Comparative Literature at Columbia University.[4] and completed a PhD. She teaches literature and creative writing at Hofstra University, collaborates as a writer with a number of art galleries and has worked as a librettist for the New York City Ballet.[5]

Several of Luiselli's books are borne out of real-world collaborations. The Story of My Teeth (2015) was first written in serial for workers in a Jumex juice factory in Mexico as part of a commission from Galería Jumex.[1] Her nonfiction work Tell Me How It Ends: An Essay in 40 Questions (2017) is based on her experiences volunteering as an interpreter for young Central American migrants seeking legal status in the United States.[6]

Personal life[edit]

Luiselli was born in Mexico City, and has since lived in the United States, Costa Rica, South Korea, South Africa, India, Spain, and France. She lives in New York City.



  • Lost Children Archive, Knopf, 2019
  • Tell Me How It Ends: An Essay in 40 Questions, Coffee House Press, 2017. (Winner of the American Book Award)
  • The Story of My Teeth, Granta, 2015 / Coffee House Press, 2015 (Originally published as "La historia de mis dientes", Sexto Piso, 2013)
  • Sidewalks, Granta, 2013 / Coffee House Press, 2014
  • Faces in the Crowd, Granta, 2012 / Coffee House Press, 2014
  • Where You Are, "Swings of Harlem", Visual Editions, 2013
  • Los ingrávidos, Sexto Piso, 2012 (Spanish)
  • Papeles Falsos, Sexto Piso, 2012 (Spanish)


  1. ^ a b "Valeria Luiselli: the Novelist All Your Smart Friends Are Talking About - Broadly". Retrieved 14 December 2016.
  2. ^ "Mexican Writer Valeria Luiselli on Child Refugees & Rethinking the Language Around Immigration". Retrieved 17 May 2017.
  3. ^ "Tell Me How It Ends". Coffee House Press. Retrieved 2018-03-10.
  4. ^ "Columbia University - LAIC - Department of Latin American and Iberian Cultures". Retrieved 14 December 2016.
  5. ^ "NYCB Preview: Ginastera's music inspired Wheeldon to create 'Estancia'". The Daily Gazette. Retrieved 27 August 2017.
  6. ^ "'Tell Me How It Ends' Offers A Moving, Humane Portrait Of Child Migrants". Retrieved 2018-03-10.
  7. ^ "2018 American Book Awards". The Before Columbus Foundation. 13 August 2018.

Further reading[edit]

  • Tyrkus, Michael J. (2015). Contemporary authors. Volume 364 : a bio-bibliographical guide to current writers in fiction, general nonfiction, poetry, journalism, drama, motion pictures, television, and other fields. Farmington Hills, MI: Gale Cengage Learning. ISBN 9781573024112.

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