University of Arizona Campus  •  March 2 - 3, 2019  •  9:30am to 5:30pm
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Amira K. Makansi



Steven Addington

Andria Plonka

Amira K. Makansi is the author of "Literary Libations: What to Drink with What You Read," an informal guide to pairing great drinks with famous books. After graduating from the University of Chicago with a degree in history, Amira quickly abandoned her quest to become a lawyer in favor of all things beverage-related. She spent her first few years out of college climbing around in stacks of wine barrels and hoeing weeds out of vineyards in France. She has served cocktails at a Michelin-starred restaurant in Chicago and cleaned hundred-year-old foudres at an Alsatian winery whose first vintage predates the French revolution. She got into writing accidentally, when her mother had a crazy dream and wanted to turn it into a book. That book became "The Sowing," the first book in the young adult dystopian Seeds series, which has been optioned for a Hollywood production. Now a full-time writer, Amira is delighted to spend her days writing, reading, drinking, cooking and exploring the great outdoors of her adopted state of Oregon.

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Scheduled events:
New Voices, New Choices
A stunning number of new voices made themselves heard this year, and three of the loudest will help launch our festival this morning. Daniel Gumbiner was long-listed for a National Book Award. R.O. Kwon offered a runaway best-seller. Joanna Luloff crashed the party with a remarkable second novel, ""Remind Me Again What Happened." Help us welcome 3 of the bright new lights of popular literature!

Student Union Kachina (Seats 100)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sat, Mar 2, 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Fiction / Literature
Signing area: Sales & Signing Area - UA BookStore Tent (on Mall) (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Daniel Gumbiner, R.O. Kwon, Joanna Luloff
Moderator: Amira Makansi
A Recipe for Reading
For lovers of books, book clubs and indie bookstores. Listen to authors of three widely divergent yet bighearted books that reveal unexpected truths. Bonus: learn which adult beverage pairs well with your favorite book.

Koffler Room 204 (Seats 304, Wheelchair accessible)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sat, Mar 2, 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Fiction / Literature
Signing area: Sales & Signing Area - Koffler Patio (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Amira Makansi, Rebecca Makkai, Amy Meyerson
Moderator: Jane Fairchild
Matter of Survival
What does it take to survive? Four acclaimed authors explore survival, secrets and and the human experience in dangerous times.

Student Union Sabino (Seats 87)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sun, Mar 3, 10:00 am - 11:00 am
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, Kristina McMorris, Alice Hatcher, Tatjana Soli
Moderator: Amira Makansi
Fortified with Books
Books that reference books and why we love them.

UA BookStore (Seats 150)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sun, Mar 3, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Memoir / Essays / Creative Nonfiction
Signing area: Sales & Signing Area - UA BookStore (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Amira Makansi, Amy Meyerson, Daphne Russell
Moderator: Jay Rochlin

Book:
Literary Libations: What to Drink with What You Read
Fiction / Literature
Skyhorse Publishing
September 2018
ISBN 9781510736580
160 pages
$16.99, INSTORE
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The definitive guide to pairing two of the world's most beloved pastimes: reading and drinking. 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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