Novelist best known for his 1982 book Hunger of Memory: The Education of Richard Rodriguez, which details his own educational history.
He delivers newspapers and worked as a gardener while growing up in Sacramento.
His 1992 book, Days of Obligation: An Argument With My Mexican Father, was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize.
He is openly gay and a lot of his books are about his connection to his Mexican heritage, culture, and community.
Jim Lehrer won a Peabody Award in 1997 for working on a documentary about his life and work.