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


Alan Harris & Diane Lebel

Shobha Rao moved to the United States from India at the age of seven. She is the winner of the 2014 Katherine Anne Porter Prize in Fiction, awarded by Nimrod International Journal and is the recipient of the Elizabeth George Foundation fellowship. Rao has also been a resident at Hedgebrook. Her story Kavitha and Mustafa was chosen by T.C. Boyle for inclusion in the Best American Short Stories 2015. She lives in San Francisco. Her new book is "Girls Burn Brighter."

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Scheduled events:
Bonds of Sisterhood
Shobha Rao, Ingrid Rojas Contreras and Ron Querry will explore the unique bonds of sisters and the determination they have to keep their families together.

Student Union Kachina (Seats 100)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sat, Mar 2, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Fiction / Literature
Signing area: Sales & Signing Area - UA BookStore Tent (on Mall) (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Ron Querry, Shobha Rao, Ingrid Rojas Contreras
Moderator: Rita Connelly
Transported By Words
Susanna Kearsley, Reese Kwon and Shobha Rao will explore the art of transporting a reader to a new location by seamlessly weaving in lush descriptions and cultural details. A subtle touch can turn the setting into its own character.

Student Union Santa Rita (Seats 110)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sat, Mar 2, 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Fiction / Literature

Panelists: Susanna Kearsley, R.O. Kwon, Shobha Rao
Moderator: Victoria Salajko
Don't Count Me Out, She Said
What does feminism look like across continents, cultures, circumstances and time? Crystal Hana Kim, Wayetu Moore and Shobha Rao will introduce us to some resilient women and the choices they made to survive.

Student Union Sabino (Seats 87)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sun, Mar 3, 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Fiction / Literature
Signing area: Sales & Signing Area - UA BookStore Tent (on Mall) (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Crystal Hana Kim, Wayetu Moore, Shobha Rao
Moderator: Laura Penny

Books:
Girls Burn Brighter
Fiction / Literature
Flatiron
March 2019
ISBN 9781250309501
320 pages
$17.99, INSTOCK
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“Incandescent...A searing portrait of what feminism looks like in much of the world. More/less

Unrestored Woman
Fiction / Literature
Macmillan
March 2017
ISBN 9781250118721
256 pages
$18.99, INSTOCK
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“What an astonishing collection! Provoking, ferocious, moving, splendid, generous and essential. More/less

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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