Keynote Author

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Héctor Tobar is the Los Angeles born author of four books, including the novels The Tattooed Soldier and The Barbarian Nurseries. His non-fiction Deep Down Dark: The Untold Stories of Thirty-Three Men Buried in a Chilean Mine and the Miracle that Set Them Free, was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize: it was also a New York Times bestseller and adapted into the film The 33. The Barbarian Nurseries was a New York Times Notable Book and won the California Book Award Gold Medal for fiction. Tobar earned his MFA in Creative Writing from the University of California, Irvine, and has taught writing and journalism at Pomona College and the University of Oregon.He has also written for the New York Times, the New Yorker, and was a foreign correspondent and columnist with the Los Angeles Times, where he was part of the reporting team that won a Pulitzer Prize for coverage of the 1992 Los Angeles riots.  He is the son of Guatemalan immigrants.