University of Arizona Campus  •  March 2 - 3, 2019  •  9:30am to 5:30pm
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Francisco Cantú



Keith Marroquin

Senior Healthcare Partnerships

Francisco Cantú was as an agent for the United States Border Patrol from 2008 to 2012, working in the deserts of Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas. A former Fulbright fellow, he is the recipient of a Pushcart Prize, a 2017 Whiting Award, and a 2018 Art for Justice fellowship. His writing and translations have been featured in The New York Times, Best American Essays, Harper’s,and Guernica, as well as on This American Life. He lives in Tucson and coordinates the Southwest Field Studies in Writing Program at the University of Arizona.

Francisco Cantú's highly acclaimed memoir, "The Line Becomes a River," reflects on his four years of experience serving the Border Patrol along the southern deserts of Arizona, New Mexico and Texas.

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Scheduled events:
Let's Get Real: Life on the Border
Francisco Cantu, Greg Grandin and Scott Whiteford — three authors with in-depth knowledge of our complex border issues — will discuss the good, the bad and the ugly of life along the line.

Student Union Gallagher Theater (Seats 340)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sat, Mar 2, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Current Issues / Politics / Social Science
Signing area: Sales & Signing Area - UA BookStore Tent (on Mall) (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Francisco Cantú, Greg Grandin, Scott Whiteford
Moderator: Ron Barber
Southwest Books of the Year Top Authors
Southwest Books of the Year is Pima County Public Library's annual review of the best in regional literature. Some of the authors who received top honors this year discuss their approach to writing the Southwest.

UA Library - Special Collections (Seats 100)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sun, Mar 3, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
2019 Southwest Books of the Year
Signing area: Sales & Signing Area - Integrated Learning Center (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Francisco Cantú, Heidi Osselaer, Karen Piper
Moderator: Helene Woodhams

Book:
The Line Becomes a River
Current Issues / Politics / Social Science
Penguin Riverhead
February 2019
ISBN 9780735217737
$17.00, INSTORE
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Named Sponsors

Arizona Daily Star
University of Arizona

Presenting Sponsors

Tucson Medical Center

Major Sponsors

Friends of the Festival
Pima County Public Library
Stocker Foundation
University of Arizona BookStores
University of Arizona - Facilities Management
Western National Parks Association
William & Mary Ross Foundation

Key Sponsors

Arizona Office Technologies
Arizona Wholesale Supply
Marshall Foundation

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