Opening Address

Valeria Luiselli. Credit: Alex Pieros.

Credit: Alex Pieros

Valeria Luiselli

Valeria Luiselli was born in Mexico City, lives in the US, and grew up in South Korea, South Africa, and India. She is an acclaimed writer of both fiction and nonfiction, and of inventive hybrids of the two. She is the winner of two Los Angeles Times Book Prizes and an American Book Award, and has twice been nominated for the National Book Critics Circle Award and the Kirkus Prize. Her books have been translated into more than 20 languages.



NeMLA Reads Together: "Lost Children Archive"

The cover to Valerie Luiselli's novel "Lost Children Archive" shows two children outdoors in a field with only a few trees and a building behind them. The bottom of the cover shows a chainlink fence. Bands of color cross the book cover horizontally. This novel is by the author of "Tell Me How It Ends" and is one of the "New York Times Book Review" 10 Best Books of 2019.

"NeMLA Reads Together" promotes a novel written by our invited speaker for all our attendees to read during the year preceding our convention.

NeMLA's 53rd Annual Convention will feature Valeria Luiselli's novel Lost Children Archive. This fiercely imaginative novel is about a family whose road trip across America collides with an immigration crisis at the southwestern border--an indelible journey told with breathtaking imagery, spare lyricism, and profound humanity. 

NeMLA members are encouraged to read Lost Children Archive in preparation for the opening address and to submit a question they would like to ask the author.

An Interview with Valeria Luiselli

The Opening Address will feature an interview with our invited speaker, led by Joseph M. Conte.

Joseph M. Conte is Professor of English at the University at Buffalo, where he teaches twentieth- and twenty-first century literature. His research interests include transnational politics and the global novel, literature after 9/11, postmodern fiction and theory, the literature of migration, multimodality in literature, film adaptation of the novel, literature and science, modern poetry and poetics. His books include Transnational Politics in the Post-9/11 Novel (Routledge, 2019), Design & Debris: A Chaotics of Postmodern American Fiction (U of Alabama Press, 2002, recipient of the Agee Prize in American Literary Scholarship), and Unending Design: The Forms of Postmodern Poetry (Cornell UP, 1991). Book chapters, journal articles, and review essays on a wide range of contemporary literature and criticism appear in The Encyclopedia of American Fiction, 1980-2020 (Wiley, 2020), Trump Fiction (Lexington Books, 2019), and American Literature in Transition: 1990-2000 (Cambridge UP, 2017), among others.