Oswego Reading Initiative

The Oswego Reading Initiative is an annual project asking the campus community to read one book over the summer. To accompany the selection, a series of programs, including cultural events and talks are planned to facilitate discussion and involvement around the title. 

ORI 2018 Selection

Tell Me How It Ends by Valeria Luiselli

Tell Me How It Ends is an essay that paints a powerful picture of the lives undocumented children lived before coming to America and their plight as they try to remain here. Luiselli began working as a volunteer interpreter in 2015 in New York. Her job was to follow an intake questionnaire in interviewing the children in Spanish who were here illegally and then translating their answers for the lawyers who represented them. LuiseIli’s book humanizes these young migrants and highlights the contradiction between the idea of America as a fiction for immigrants and the reality of racism and fear both here and back home. This book is built around the forty questions these undocumented children are asked who are facing deportation; their answers, whether they know it or not, determine if they get to remain here or be deported. Tell me How It Ends was a finalist for the 2017 Kirkus Prize in Nonfiction and the National Book Critics Circle Award in Criticism.  

About the Author

Valeria Luiselli was born in Mexico City in 1983 and grew up in South Africa. A novelist (Faces in the Crowd and The Story of My Teeth) and essayist (Sidewalks and Tell Me How It Ends), her work has been translated into many languages. In 2014, Faces in the Crowd was the recipient of the Los Angeles Times Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction and the National Book Foundation’s 5 Under 35 award. The Story of My Teeth was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award and won the 2015 Los Angeles Times Prize for Best Fiction. Her new novel Lost Children Archives, will be published in 2019.

Author visit

Valeria Luiselli will be on campus Thursday, September 27 and will give a lecture at 7:00 p.m. in the Hewitt Ballroom.  She will have a book signing at 8:00 p.m.