Author & Editor & Agent: Luis Alberto Urrea, Geoff Shandler, & Julie Barer
Thursday January 10, 2013
The creation of a book isn't always a clear and easy path. In this series, we discuss the making of a book from the creative process each author goes through to finding an agent, to the editorial process and beyond. This event featured Pulitzer Prize finalist Luis Alberto Urrea, talking with his editor Geoff Shandler of Little, Brown & Co. and his agent, Julie Barer.
The remarkable heroine of the beloved bestseller The Hummingbird’s Daughter makes a welcome return in an epic novel of love, loss, and miracles in America by Luis Alberto Urrea. More than two decades in the making, Queen of America is the long-awaited sequel to The Hummingbird’s Daughter, and showcases one of our most talented writers at the top of his form. Based on Urrea’s real great-aunt Teresita (legendary in Mexico for her healing powers and proclaimed by many there as the “Saint of Cabora”), Queen of America is the result of over two decades of extensive research, drawing from historical accounts and family records, many never before translated. Urrea recounts a spellbinding tale, heartbreaking, panoramic, and full of laughter.
Luis Alberto Urrea is the author of The Hummingbird's Daughter, The Devil’s Highway and Into the Beautiful North. Winner of a Lannan Literary Award and Christopher Award, he is also the recipient of an American Book Award, the Kiriyama Pize, an Edgar Award, and a citation of excellence from the American Library Association. He is also a member of the Latino Literary Hall of Fame. His latest book is Queen of America.
Julie Barer established her own agency in 2004 after six years at Sanford J. Greenburger Associates. Barer Literary is a full-service boutique agency that represents a variety of writers across a literary spectrum, with an emphasis on fiction. Clients include Joshua Ferris (The Unnamed, Then We Came to the End), Paula McLain (The Paris Wife), Kevin Wilson (The Family Fang), Madeline Miller (The Song of Achilles) and Helen Simonson (Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand). Writing by her clients has appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times, Best American Short Stories, Atlantic Monthly, Tin House, Granta and various other publications, and has received numerous awards and honors, including grants from The National Endowment of the Arts, the Guggenheim Foundation, the PEN/Hemingway Award, the National Book Award Finalist medal, the Barnes & Noble Discover Award, the Los Angeles Times First Book Award, the Flannery O'Connor Award, and the Orange Prize. Before becoming an agent Julie was a bookseller at Shakespeare & Company in New York.
Geoff Shandler is the Editorial Director of Little, Brown and Company. Among the many wonderful writers he has had the pleasure of editing while there are Malcolm Gladwell, Jonathan Safran Foer, John le Carre, Mary Gabriel, James Bradley, Sir Harold Evans, the staff of THE ONION and, of course, Luis Alberto Urrea.