Héctor Tobar is a Los Angeles born author of four books, including “Deep Down Dark” and the novel "The Barbarian Nurseries," both published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux and translated into several languages. Tobar has an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of California Irvine. At the Los Angeles Times he was a city reporter, columnist, and foreign correspondent, and won a Pulitzer Prize for coverage of the 1992 L.A. riots. He is also the author of "Translation Nation: Defining a New American Identity in the Spanish-Speaking United States," and "The Tattooed Soldier," a novel. He is the son of Guatemalan immigrants and is currently an assistant professor at the University of Oregon.