Valeria Luiselli was born in Mexico City in 1983. She published a book of personal essays entitled Sidewalks (Papeles Falsos) in 2010. Her first novel, Faces in the Crowd (Los Ingravidos ) was originally published by Sexto Piso in 2011. In 2014 she was named one of the 5 under 35 by the National Book Foundation in the US and her second novel, La Historia de mis dientes (The Story of My Teeth) was one of the New York Times 100 Notable Books of 2015, won the LA Times Book Prize for Fiction in 2016 and was shortlisted for the Impac Prize 2017. Her essay Tell Me How It Ends was published in 2017. She completed a PhD in Comparative Literature at Columbia University. Her work has been published in magazines and newspapers such as Letras Libres, the New York Times, the New Yorker, Freeman’s, El Pais and Harper’s. She was a judge of the National Book Awards 2017 and is a judge of the Booker International 2020. Her most recent novel, Lost Children Archives, is an international critical and commercial success and was longlisted for the Booker Prize 2019, shortlisted for the Kirkus Review Awards 2019 and for the Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction 2020. In 2019 she was awarded a MacArthur Genius Grant for “challenging conventional notions of authorship in fiction, essays, and inventive hybrids of the two that pose profound questions about the various ways we piece together stories and document the lives of others”. She is published in more than twenty languages.
Valeria Luiselli lives in New York.