College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences

Author Sam Quinones. True Tales at the Intersection of Storytelling and Journalism.

Author Sam Quinones. True Tales at the Intersection of Storytelling and Journalism.

Mar 3, 2015 12:00 PM to Mar 3, 2015 1:00 PM at BCS Centaurus Theater

When: March 3, 2013, noon. Where: BCS Centaurus Theater. Open to EFL Students and the University Community.

Author Sam Quinones

Sam Quinones is an independent journalist, former L.A. Times writer, and author of True Tales from Another Mexico and Antonio's Gun and Delfino's Dream: True Tales of Mexican Migration. During a career spanning almost thirty years he has investigated topics ranging from mythmaking and the elaboration of hero figures in modern Mexican immigrant culture (including corrido singer Chalino Sánchez as well as the narco-saint Jesús Malverde) to migration as examples of ongoing social phenomenon that continue to transform the region. His upcoming book, Dreamland: The True Tale of America’s Opiate Epidemic, will be released in April of 2015. He will share stories gathered during the course of his career, and will explore the ways in which a new type of journalism will transform our understanding of the social reality behind issues of contentious modern debate. His thesis is that a new type of journalism is necessary to understand the economic, social and cultural transformations heralded by new (and settled) migrant waves in the United States, and storytelling helps to provide a fuller understanding of these social phenomenon. Mr. Quinones will be the inaugural speaker in the EFL Lingua Franca Speaker Series.