Mar 10, 2021

UCI students, faculty, staff and community members are invited to join the UCI Great Big Read at 12-12:45 p.m. PT on Wednesday, March 24, with Yuri Herrera-Gutiérrez, associate professor in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at Tulane University. Mr. Herrera-Gutiérrez’ novel, Signs Preceding the End of the World, is the current program selection for reading.

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Professor Herrera-Gutiérrez has received wide acclaim for his novels, including the Premio Binacional de Novela Joven 2003 and the “Otras voces, otros ámbitos” Prize for the best novel published in Spain in 2008 for his first novel, Trabajos del Reino. His second novel, Signs Preceding the End of the World, was finalist for the Rómulo Gallegos Prize, and received the Best Translated Book Award in 2016, shared with his translator, Lisa Dillman. Professor Herrera-Gutiérrez was the first Spanish language author to receive the BTBA, and also was recognized with Anna Seghers Prize at the Academy of Arts of Berlin for the body of his work. His latest books include the historical narrative A Silent Fury: The El Bordo Mine Fire, and a collection of science fiction short stories, Diez planetas. He will be joined at the UCI event by Louis DeSipio, professor in the Department of Political Science and professor and chair of the Department of Chicano/Latino Studies, in facilitated conversation about themes from Signs and their relevance in the current conversations about immigration.

The UCI Great Big Read is sponsored by the Office of Inclusive Excellence, UCI Libraries, and Division of Student Affairs. This University-wide program provides a forum for discussion about exceptional literature promoting inclusive excellence. The program aims to foster engagement and social solidarity among UCI members and the public during our current times of physical distancing due to COVID-19 circumstances.

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