Héctor Tobar is the author of  
Deep Down Dark: The Untold Stories of 33 Men Buried in a Chilean Mine and the Miracle That Set Them Free
Available from a bookseller near you. Published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux,
and by Sceptre in the UK, Macmillan Audio, and Harper Collins Canada.
As previewed in The New Yorker. Listen to my podcast with the magazine here.
Book tour dates below!


The first image sent to the surface from inside the San José Mine, 2,100 feet below the surface. These are the eyes of miner Luis Urzúa. At that moment, he and his co-workers had been trapped for 17 days.

Deep Down Dark is the product of three years of reporting. I conducted hundreds of hours of interviews with all 33 survivors of the 2010 mine disaster in northern Chile, including Urzúa (below).





October 2014 appearances for "Deep Down Dark"
Oct. 15 Calgary, Alberta, Wordfest
Oct. 16 U.S. book launch, ALOUD, Los Angeles Public Central Library
Oct. 17, Skylight Books, Los Angeles
Oct. 20 Booksmith, San Francisco
Oct. 21 Warwick's, La Jolla, Calif.
Oct. 22 Vroman's, Pasadena (my neighborhood bookstore!)
Oct. 23 Parnassus Books, Nashville, Tenn.
Oct. 25 Tampa Bay Book Festival
Oct. 26 Texas Book Festival, Austin

I am a novelist, journalist, the author of four books, 
and a proud native of the city of Los Angeles.

Follow me on Twitter: @TobarWriter

My novel The Barbarian Nurseries 
is published by Picador and FSG, by Sceptre in the UK,
and was a New York Times notable book, and won  the California Book Award Gold Medal for Fiction. You can hear my interview on The Barbarian Nurseries with Karen Grigsby Bates of NPR's Morning Edition here

Learn more about my first novel,The Tattooed Solider. Set in the tenements, tunnels, alleys and parks of immigrant Los Angeles, and in Guatemala during the  military dictatorship there, The Tattooed Soldier is a political novel about love, justice and revenge.

Learn more about my second book, a work of literary reportage published by Riverhead Books: Translation Nation: Defining a New American Identity in the Spanish-Speaking United States 

 You can write to me here.





I'm the son of Guatemalan immigrants, and I've also written many essays and several hundred newspaper stories for the Los Angeles Times, my hometown newspaper--my father used to deliver it.

Some years back, I got an MFA in Creative Writing at the prestigious fiction writing program at UC Irvine.

And for a decade, I was a National and Foreign Correspondent for the L.A. Times. Below, a picture of me taken by one of my sons when I was the Mexico City Bureau Chief of the L.A. Times.

Click here to read my reporting from Mexico, Nicaragua, Argentina, Iraq, Los Angeles and many other places around the world.