Posted: 10/10/22

TAMIU Presents Book Reading by Acclaimed Laredo-born and Raised Author Katie Gutierrez


Katie Gutierrez
Katie Gutierrez/ Photo credit: Meet the Bryants  

Laredo-born and raised author Katie Gutierrez presented a special reading and talk from her best-selling and highly acclaimed debut novel, "More Than You'll Ever Know," during her visit at Texas A&M International University Tuesday, Oct. 11 from 6-8:30 p.m. in the Academic Innovation Center, room 126.

The presentation, titled, "An Evening with the Author: Katie Gutierrez," was organized by the TAMIU College of Arts and Sciences' department of Humanities. The reading was followed by a book signing. The event was free and open to the public.

During her TAMIU visit, Gutierrez also met with TAMIU students and provided insight into her creative process and plans for the future given the success of her first novel.

The novel, "More Than You'll Ever Know," has been recommended by the Washington Post, Parade,  Good Housekeeping, Kirkus, NBC News, Audible, The Millions, Popsugar, Tribeza, Crime Reads, She Reads and more. Gutierrez's debut novel was also a Good Morning America Book Club pick for June 2022.

In Gutierrez’s novel, Lore Rivera marries Andres Russo in 1985 in Mexico City, even though she is already married to Fabian Rivera in Laredo…and they share twin sons. Through her career as an international banker, Lore splits her time between two countries and two families—until the truth is revealed and one husband is arrested for murdering the other.

In 2017, while trawling the Internet for the latest, most sensational news reports, struggling true-crime writer Cassie Bowman encounters an article detailing that tragic final act. Cassie is immediately enticed by what is not explored: Why would a woman—a mother—risk everything for a secret double marriage? Cassie sees an opportunity—she’ll track Lore down and capture the full picture, the choices, the deceptions that led to disaster. But the more time she spends with Lore, the more Cassie questions the facts surrounding the murder itself. Soon, her determination to uncover the truth could threaten to derail Lore’s now quiet life—and expose the many secrets both women are hiding.

Gutierrez is a National Magazine Award finalist whose writing has appeared in TIME, Harper's Bazaar, the Washington Post and Longreads. She has an MFA from Texas State University and lives in San Antonio with her husband and their two children.

For more information about the book reading, please contact Dr. Debbie Lelekis, TAMIU associate professor and Chair, Department of Humanities at 956.326.2466, or email debbie.lelekis@tamiu.edu

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