Luiselli is an award-winning Mexican author living in the United States. She is the author of a book of essays, Sidewalks, and two novels—Faces in the Crowd and The Story of My Teeth—which was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award and the Best Translated Book Award, and won the Los Angeles Times Prize for Best Fiction. Her most recent book, Tell Me How It Ends: An Essay in 40 Questions, was described by the Texas Observer as “the First Must-Read Book of the Trump Era.”
Valeria Luiselli’s fiction and non-fiction work has appeared in the New York Times, Granta, McSweeney’s and The New Yorker. Her works include a book of essays (Sidewalks, 2013), two novels, and other short stories. Her novel, Faces in the Crowd (2012), won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for first fiction. All of her work has been translated into numerous languages. In 2014, Luiselli won the National Book Foundation “5 Under 35” award.
Born in Mexico City, Mexico, Luiselli’s family moved often, and she grew up in the United States, Costa Rica, South Korea, and South Africa and then worked and studied in Spain and France. At age twenty one, she returned to Mexico and attended the National Autonomous University of Mexico where she received a B.A. in Philosophy. She then moved to New York City to study comparative literature at Columbia University.
Valeria Luiselli’s first novel, Faces in the Crowd, is a fresh and transcendent story of a Mexican writer whose life begins to mirror that of little-known Mexican poet, Gilberto Owen. Her second novel, The Story of My Teeth, is about a man who auctions off his old teeth, claiming that they belong to various celebrities.
Currently a teacher of literature and creative writing, Valeria Luiselli collaborates with a number of art galleries and has worked as a librettist for the New York City Ballet. She lives in New York City.