Coming-of-Age with Justin Torres
Join Nevada Humanities for “Coming-of-Age with Justin Torres” on Tuesday, April 11, 2017, at 4 pm at Sundance Books and Music in Reno. The afternoon will feature Torres in conversation with Daniel Enrique Pérez, Associate Professor of Spanish and Chicana/o—Latina/o Studies at the University of Nevada, Reno. Torres’ first novel, We the Animals, is a national best seller and has been translated into 15 languages. The book is described by the New York Times as “[A] spare, haunting story . . . of love, loss and the irreversible trauma that a single event can bring to a family.” We the Animals explores the viscerally charged landscape of growing up, families, and how deeply we are formed by our earliest bonds. Audience members will be invited to participate in a question and answer session with Torres, followed by a reception. The program is free and open to all.
Justin Torres has published short fiction in The New Yorker, Harper's, Granta, Tin House, The Washington Post, Glimmer Train, Flaunt, and other publications, as well as non-fiction pieces in publications like The Guardian and The Advocate. A graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, he was a Wallace Stegner Fellow at Stanford University, a fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard, and a Cullman Center Fellow at The New York Public Library. The National Book Foundation named him one of 2012's 5 Under 35. He has been the recipient of a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, a Rolón Fellowship in Literature from United States Artists, and the VCU Cabell First Novelist Award. He lives in Los Angeles, where he is Assistant Professor of English at the University of California, Los Angeles.