(Guadalajara, Mexico, 1969) A Mexico City and Washington-based writer. He has lectured in Literature at the Universidad Iberoamericana and in Creative Writing at the University of Maryland. Since 1990 he has been a literary critic and has collaborated on magazines and newspapers in Mexico and Spain. On his return to Mexico, after a short time as the editor of literature for the Fondo de Cultura Económica he joined the magazine Letras Libres. In 1996 he won the Joaquín Mortiz First Novel Prize with La muerte de un instalador. He has also published a book of short stories, Virtudes capitales, and the novel El cementerio de sillas, which in 2003 was selected by the magazine La Tempestad as the best Mexican novel. He was listed as one of the best young Latin American writers of the moment as part of the Bogotá39 project. His latest novels are Decencia, Retorno a la ciudad del ligue, Un samurái ve el amanecer en Acapulco, Valiente clase media and Sudden Death, which won him the 2013 Herralde Prize.