Héctor Tobar

novelist, writer about town, opinionator, literary journalist, university professor

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Our Migrant Souls book events:

Wed. June 7, 7 p.m., at Casa Latina, Seattle, 317 -17th Avenue S, in conjunction with Elliot Bay Book Co.

Thurs. June 8, 7:30 p.m., Alberta Rose Theater, Portland, Ore., for Live Wire Radio

Friday June 9, 7pm, Beaverton, Ore., Powell’s Books at Cedar Hills Crossing 

Thurs. June 15, 7 p.m. Library Foundation of Los Angeles/ALOUD, L.A. Central Library, with Carribean Fragoza

Héctor Tobar is the author of six books published in fifteen languages, including the critically acclaimed, New York Times bestseller: Deep Down Dark: The Untold Stories of 33 Men Buried in a Chilean Mine and the Miracle That Set Them Free.

His newest book is Our Migrant Souls: A Meditation on Race and the Meanings and Myths of Latino, published by MCD/Farrar, Straus & Giroux. His other books include the novels The Tattooed Solider, The Barbarian Nurseries, and The Last Great Road Bum, all published in paperback by FSG/Picador.

Deep Down Dark was adapted into the film The 33, starring Antonio Banderas.

His short fiction has appeared in Best American Short Stories (2016 and 2022), L.A. Noir, Zyzzyva and Slate. He was awarded a 2023-24 Guggenheim Fellowship in Fiction.

Héctor is a Professor of English and Chicano/Latino Studies at the University of California, Irvine. He's written for The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, Harpers, National Geographic, and was a contributing writer for the New York Times opinion pages. Héctor has also been also a columnist for the Los Angeles Times and its bureau chief in Buenos Aires and Mexico City.