Eventos: Book Release Party for “Illegal” by José Ángel N.


Reflections of an Undocumented Immigrant

by José Ángel N.


University of Illinois Press

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Book Release Party


Where: The Book Cellar, 4736 N. Lincoln Avenue


When: Saturday, March 15th, starting at 7:00 PM




Julio Rangel, member of the Editorial Board of Contratiempo magazine

Juan Mora-Torres, member of the Editorial Board of El BeiSMan

Marco Antonio Escalante, author of Malabarismos del tedio (Siete Vientos, 2013)


About the book:


A day after José Ángel N. first crossed the U.S. border from Mexico, he was caught and then released onto the streets of Tijuana. Undeterred, N. crawled back through a tunnel to San Diego, where he entered to United States to stay. Illegal: Reflections of an Undocumented Immigrant is his timely and compelling memoir of building a new life in America.


Arriving in the 1990s with a ninth grade education, N. traveled to Chicago where he found access to ESL and GED classes. He eventually attended college and grad school and became a professional translator.


Untimately, N.’s is the story of the triumph of education over adversity. In Illegal, he debunks the stereotype that undocumented immigrants are freeloaders without access to education or oportunity for advancement. With bravery and honesty, N. details the constraints, deceptions and humiliations that characterize alien life “amid the shadows.”


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