University of Arizona Campus  •  March 10 - 11, 2018  •  9:30am to 5:30pm
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Jewell Parker Rhodes


Jewell Parker Rhodes is the author of "Towers Falling," "Ninth Ward," "Sugar" and "Bayou Magic." Her middle-grade books have won the Coretta Scott King Honor, the Jane Addams Children's Book Award and more. She is also the Virginia G. Piper Endowed Chair in Creative Writing at Arizona State University, and has written many award-winning books for adults.

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Scheduled events:
Ripped from the Headlines: Books that Capture Current Issues
The news is full of reports of refugees, police shootings and political battles. These authors have written compelling stories that bring the complexities of these current issues to life. N.H. Senzai engages us in a story of refugees fleeing from Syria, Jewell Parker Rhodes invites us to consider historical racism through the story of a black boy shot by a police offer and the Levinsons connect past and present in writing about challenges to the Constitution.

Education Room 351 (Seats 48, Wheelchair accessible)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sat, Mar 10, 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Children / Teens
Signing area: Signing Area - Children / Teen (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: N. Senzai, Cynthia Levinson, Sanford Levinson, Jewell Parker Rhodes
Moderator: Marina Welmers
Crossing Borders and Opening Minds
Four authors talk about the real and imagined borders that their characters must cross and how these experiences open their minds to new perspectives and understandings of self and world. Steven Frank's Armstrong and Charlie face the racial borders of school integration, while Jewell Parker Rhodes's characters deal with historical racism in Ghost Boys. N.H. Senzai in "Escape from Aleppo" focuses on borders that reflect an escape from the horrors of war and the flight to safety, while Ibtisam Barakat shares the oppressive borders she faced growing up in Palestine.

Education Room 351 (Seats 48, Wheelchair accessible)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sun, Mar 11, 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Children / Teens
Signing area: Signing Area - Children / Teen (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Ibtisam Barakat, Steven Frank, N. Senzai, Jewell Parker Rhodes
Moderator: Holly Johnson

Books:
Ghost Boys
Children / Teens
Little Brown
April 2018
ISBN 9780316262286
Hardcover, 224 pages
$16.99, NYP
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A heartbreaking and powerful story about a black boy killed by a police officer, drawing connections through history, from award-winning author Jewell Parker Rhodes. More/less

Towers Falling
Children / Teens
Little Brown
April 2018
ISBN 9780316262224
Hardcover, 240 pages
$16.99, INSTORE
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From award-winning author Jewell Parker Rhodes, a powerful novel set fifteen years after the 9/11 attacks. More/less

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Arizona Daily Star
University of Arizona

Presenting Sponsors

Tucson Medical Center

Major Sponsors

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Stocker Foundation
University of Arizona BookStores
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William & Mary Ross Foundation
University of Arizona - Facilities Management

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Marshall Foundation
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