Residents are invited to join renowned Mexican-American author Luis Alberto Urrea, who has been described by NPR as a “master storyteller with a rock and roll heart,” at Seattle Reads events next week at Seattle Public Library.

According to a news release, Urrea’s bestselling 2018 novel “The House of Broken Angels,” is the 2022 selection for Seattle Reads, the citywide book group started by The Seattle Public Library in 1998. These are the first in-person Seattle Reads events in three years, as the program went virtual in 2020 and 2021 due to the pandemic.

Library events are free and open to the public. Register at



Seattle Reads: Luis Alberto Urrea Nos Habla Acerca De La Casa De Los Ángeles Rotos. From 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Oct. 19. Urrea will speak at El Centro De la Raza’s Centilia Cultural Center (1660 South Roberto Maestas Festival St.).

This program will be offered in Spanish; este programa será ofrecido en español.

Seattle Reads: Luis Alberto Urrea at the Lake City Branch. From 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 20 at the Lake City Branch, 12501 28th Ave. N.E. Join Urrea for a discussion about his novel, “The House of Broken Angels.” Abel Rocha, a Seattle-based Mexican folk musician and member of the band Correo Aereo, will also perform.

Seattle Reads: Luis Alberto Urrea at the Central Library: From 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 20 at The Seattle Public Library’s Central Library Level 1 Microsoft Auditorium (1000 Fourth Ave). Join Urrea at the Central Library or online for a discussion about “The House of Broken Angels.” Abel Rocha will also perform.



In “The House of Broken Angels,” the De La Cruzes, a family on the Mexican-American border, celebrate two of their most beloved relatives during a joyous and bittersweet weekend.

The Washington Post called the book a “pan-generational family saga with an enormous, bounding heart, a poetic delivery and plenty of swagger” and the Boston Globe called it “an immensely charming and moving tale.” The Seattle Times chose the novel for its May 2020 book club.

Copies of the book are available in the library’s catalog in both English and Spanish. Limited copies will also be available for informal borrowing at most library locations in English and Spanish.

La Sala served on the Seattle Reads selection committee and acted as a planning partner.

Find all details on the book and the program, as well as a discussion guide, at