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Prof Earns Second Nat’l Book Critics Circle Nomination

Valeria Luiselli. Photo by Diego Berruecos

Tell Me How It Ends: An Essay in Forty Questions by Valeria Luiselli, an assistant professor in the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures, has been named a finalist for a National Book Critics Circle Award (NBCCA). Luiselli’s book is structured around 40 questions she has translated and asked undocu­mented Latin American children facing deportation. It humanizes young migrants and highlights the contradiction between the idea of America as a fiction for immigrants and the reality of racism and fear—both here and back home.

This is the second time Professor Luiselli has been recognized by the NBCCA. She was the first author of Mexican heritage to be nominated for a NBCCA for a work of fiction for her novel The Story of My Teeth, for which she won the 2016 Los Angeles Times Book Prize.

Professor Luiselli is also a core faculty member in Hofstra’s new MFA program in Creative Writing for Writers of Spanish.

The National Book Critics Circle Awards, begun in 1975 and considered among the most prestigious in American letters, are the sole prizes bestowed by a jury of working critics and book-review editors.

The awards will be presented on March 15, 2018, at the New School in New York City. A reading by the finalists will take place the evening before the awards, also at the New School.


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