Author shares untold stories of Chilean miners trapped underground

In 2010, more than 30 Chilean miners were trapped 700 meters underground for 69 days with dark surroundings and little food. In Deep Down Dark, Pulitzer Prize-winning author and journalist Héctor Tobar recounts his visits with the miners after their rescue and how they were forever changed by the event.

Tobar will draw upon his examination of the San José mine collapse to share miners’ stories as part of the Evening with an Author Series, presented by CSU Libraries, the Colorado Authors’ League and the Denver Public Library. The events, March 30 in Denver and March 31 in Fort Collins, are free and open to the public.

The author’s first event is Thursday, March 30, 6-8 p.m. at the Rodolfo “Corky” Gonzales Branch Library, 1498 Irving St., in Denver. His second event is Friday, March 31, 7-9 p.m. at the Hilton Fort Collins, 425 W. Prospect Road. No tickets are required for either event; seating is first-come, first served.

Tobar was on the Los Angeles Times team awarded the Pulitzer Prize for coverage of the 1992 Los Angeles riot, and has been bureau chief for The Times in Mexico City and Buenos Aires. Named one of the 100 Most Influential Hispanics in the United States by Hispanic Business magazine, Tobar is the author of three award-winning novels in addition to Deep Down Dark. He is now an assistant professor in the School of Journalism and Communication at the University of Oregon.

The Colorado Authors’ League, Barnes and Noble, Friends of Morgan Library, Poudre River Public Library District, Poudre River Friends of the Library, the Liggett Family Endowment, City of Fort Collins Fort Fund, KUNC Radio, and The Coloradoan Media Group support this Evening with an Author.

More information about the Evening with an Author Series.