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Public Books Masterclass: Lost Children Archive

The UT Humanities Center and Union Ave Books are partnering to host a free Public Books Masterclass about the novel Lost Children Archive by Valeria Luiselli. "Zoom in" with Christopher Hebert, UTK assistant professor of English, to participate in a discussion of the novel!

Lost Children Archive was a New York Times Top 10 Book of the Year, won the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction, and was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award and the Kirkus Prize. The novel concerns a family whose road trip across America collides with an immigration crisis at the southwestern border. The family’s destination is Apacheria—the place the Apaches once called home—but as the family drives, they are led to a harrowing adventure both in the desert landscape and within their own imaginations.

Valerie Luiselli is the author of the essay collection Sidewalks, the novels Faces in the Crowd and The Story of My Teeth, and the long essay Tell Me How It Ends: An Essay in Forty Questions. She is the winner of two Los Angeles Times Book Prizes and an American Book Award, and was a National Book Foundation “5 Under 35” honoree and the recipient of a Bearing Witness Fellowship from the Art for Justice Fund. Her work has been translated into more than twenty languages.

How it works:

  • Buy your book from Union Ave Books or another bookstore.
  • When you have your book, RSVP for the online masterclass discussion at and you will be sent a link to the Zoom discussion on the day of the event.*

Christopher Hebert is an assistant professor of English at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville in the creative writing division. He is the author of the novels Angels of Detroit and The Boiling Season and is co-editor of Stories of Nation: Fictions, Politics, and the American Experience. He is a former senior editor for the University of Michigan Press.

This free and public book discussion is part of a new partnership between the UT Humanities Center and Union Avenue Books, downtown Knoxville’s Independent Bookstore. The Public Books Masterclass meetings feature a UT faculty expert who will lead the discussion and provide key insights on texts. Check out our entire series discussion schedule at the , on UTHC social media, or at Union Ave Books media sites or their weekly newsletter.

*In the event of technical difficulties, we cannot provide book refunds or technical assistance.

Dial-In Information

Registered participants will be sent a link to the Zoom discussion.

Wednesday, June 17, 2020 at 7:00pm to 8:00pm

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