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Deep Down Dark: February 2016 Book of the Month

February 2016 Book of the Month:

Deep Down Dark by Héctor Tobar

February 2016: Héctor Tobar author of Deep Down Dark published by Picador Trade Press

February 2016: Héctor Tobar author of Deep Down Dark published by Picador Trade Press

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About the Book:

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Deep Down Dark

By Héctor Tobar
Published by Picador Trade Press
ISBN-13: 978-1250074850
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When the San José mine collapsed outside of Copiapó, Chile, in August 2010, it trapped thirty-three miners beneath thousands of feet of rock for a record-breaking sixty-nine days. The entire world watched what transpired above-ground during the grueling and protracted rescue, but the saga of the miners’ experiences below the Earth’s surface―and the lives that led them there―has never been heard until now.

For Deep Down Dark, the Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist Héctor Tobar received exclusive access to the miners and their tales. These thirty-three men came to think of the mine, a cavern inflicting constant and thundering aural torment, as a kind of coffin, and as a church where they sought redemption through prayer. Even while still buried, they all agreed that if by some miracle any of them escaped alive, they would share their story only collectively. Héctor Tobar was the person they chose to hear, and now to tell, that story.

About the Author:

Héctor Tobar

Héctor Tobar

Tobar is the son of Guatemalan immigrants. His long career in journalism includes work for The New Yorker, LA Weekly, and many positions at the Los Angeles Times. He was a Metro columnist for The Times, a book critic, and the paper’s bureau chief in Mexico City and in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He also worked for several years as the National Latino Affairs Correspondent. Additionally, Tobar contributed to the newspaper’s Pulitzer Prize-winning coverage of the Los Angeles riots of 1992. He is a graduate of the University of California, Santa Cruz and the MFA program in Creative Writing at the University of California, Irvine.

Tobar is the author of The Tattooed Soldier, a novel set in the impoverished immigrant neighborhoods of Los Angeles in the weeks before the riots, and in Guatemala during the years of military dictatorship there. His non-fiction Translation Nation: Defining a New American Identity in the Spanish-Speaking United States, is a cross-country journey with stops in many of the new places where Latin American immigrants are settling, including Rupert, Idaho, Grand Island, Nebraska and Memphis, Tennessee. His third book, The Barbarian Nurseries, is a sweeping novel about class and ethnic conflict in modern Southern California: it was named a New York Times Notable Book for 2011 and won the 2012 California Book Award gold medal for fiction.

In 2006, Tobar was named one of the 100 Most Influential Hispanics in the United States by Hispanic Business magazine. During the 2010 Copiapó mining accident, while still trapped in the mine, the 33 miners chose to collectively contract with a single author to write an official history so that none of the 33 could individually profit from the experiences of others. The miners chose Héctor Tobar who had exclusive access to the miners stories. In October 2014, he published an official account titled Deep Down Dark: The Untold Stories of 33 Men Buried in a Chilean Mine, and the Miracle That Set Them Free. It was a finalist for the 2014 National Book Critics Circle Award (General Nonfiction).

Tobar has been an adjunct professor at Loyola Marymount University and Pomona College and is currently an assistant professor at the University of Oregon’s school of journalism and communication.

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