Office of the Chancellor

Apr. 20 - Hector Tobar

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Hector Tobar

Hector Tobar
Héctor Tobar is the Los Angeles-born author of five books, including the novels The Tattooed Soldier, The Barbarian Nurseries, and, most recently, The Last Great Road Bum. 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 a New York Times bestseller; it was adapted into the film The 33, starring Antonio Banderas. His books have been translated into fifteen languages, including French, German, Portuguese, Italian, and Mandarin. The Barbarian Nurseries was a New York Times Notable Book and won the California Book Award Gold Medal for fiction. Tobar’s fiction has also appeared in Best American Short Stories. He earned his MFA in Fiction from the University of California, Irvine, and is currently an associate professor of Chicano/Latino Studies and English at UC Irvine. As a journalist, he was the Los Angeles Times bureau chief in Buenos Aires and Mexico City, and a part of the reporting team that earned a Pulitzer Prize for coverage of the 1992 Los Angeles riots. Tobar has also been an op-ed writer for the New York Times and a contributor to The New Yorker, Harper’s, Smithsonian and National Geographic. In 2020, he received a Radcliffe Fellowship at Harvard University. He is the son of Guatemalan immigrants.