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One Book continues with "The Devil’s Highway"


Pulitzer Prize finalist Luis Alberto Urrea is the author of "The Devil's Highway," Sacramento State's 2010 One Book selection.

Sacramento State’s One Book program presented Pulitzer Prize finalist for nonfiction Luis Alberto Urrea, who told students, faculty and the community the story behind the story of his book The Devil's Highway.

The Devil’s Highway tells the story of 26 men who attempted to cross the Mexican border into the desert of southern Arizona through the deadly region known as the Devil's Highway. Only 12 men survived. The book was a finalist for the 2005 Pulitzer Prize for general nonfiction and was named a best book of the year by The Los Angeles Times, Miami Herald, Chicago Tribune and the Kansas City Star.

Urrea, a member of the Latino Literature Hall of Fame, was born in Tijuana, Mexico, to a Mexican father and an American mother. He often uses his dual-culture life experiences to explore themes of love, loss and triumph in his writings.

Urrea visited the campus for a series of One Book activities and hosted a community-wide lecture, question-and-answer session and book signing on Oct. 11 in the University Union Ballroom. A lecture, question and answer session and book signing for students only took place on Oct.12.

Sacramento State’s One Book Program, now in its third year, is a campus-wide initiative sponsored by the English Department, the Community Engagement Center, Wells Fargo Foundation, the Hornet Bookstore and a Verizon Literacy Grant. Each academic year, a book is selected to promote literacy and to engage members of the campus community in intellectual conversation based on their shared reading experience. The book is selected by a committee of faculty, staff, students and community members.

For more information on the One Book Program, visit