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Honest Dog Books in Bayfield to celebrate anniversary with Mexican-American author Luis Alberto Urrea

Luis Alberto Urrea was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize for his 2004 book The Devil's Highway: A True Story, about a group of Mexican men who cross the border into the United States.

Honest Dog Books, 40 South Second Street in Bayfield, will celebrate its fourth birthday on September 9 and 10 with food, sales, book readings, and two Author Talks.

The celebrations will be open from 9 am until 8 pm both days this weekend and will feature free coffee, apple cider donuts, and spontaneous book readings by staff. There will be a buy-one-get-one book table both days from Noon – 5:00 p.m. in the courtyard and in the annex space, The Dog House. The tables will have an eclectic mix of used books focusing on world history, war history and art.

Author Talks will take place Sunday at 6 and 7 pm, featuring Pam Houston and Luis Alberto Urrea.

This will be Houston’s third Author Talk at Honest Dog Books. A professor of English at the University of California-Davis, Houston is the award-winning author of “Cowboys Are My Weakness,” “Contents May Have Shifted,” and “Deep Creek.”

Urrea was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for his landmark work of nonfiction, “The Devil’s Highway,” and is the author of the bestselling novels “Good Night,” “Irene,” and “Into the Beautiful North.” Born in Tijuana, Urrea now lives outside of Chicago and teaches at the University of Illinois-Chicago.

Both Houston and Urrea will lead writing workshops organized by Writing By Writers at Wild Rice Retreat in Bayfield September 10-15.

Honest Dog Book’s fourth birthday is also the same weekend of Festival of Arts at Memorial Park in downtown Bayfield, the kick-off event to Art Escape running September 9-17. Art Escape is a celebration of all things art across Bayfield County and Madeline Island.

Honest Dog Books, owned by adventurers Julie Buckles and Charly Ray, is a used and new bookstore in the heart of Bayfield.