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

Tracey Goggans

Paige Williams is a staff writer at The New Yorker. A National Magazine Award winner for feature writing, she has had her journalism anthologized in various volumes of the Best American series, including The Best American Magazine Writing and The Best American Crime Writing. The New York Times named her book "The Dinosaur Artist" one of the hundred Notable Books of 2018. She is the Laventhol/Newsday Visiting Professor at Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism, and has taught at universities including the University of Mississippi, NYU, the University of Missouri, and, at M.I.T., in the Knight Science Journalism program. A Mississippi native, Williams has been a fellow of The MacDowell Colony and was a Nieman Fellow at Harvard. At The New Yorker, she has written about suburban politics in Detroit, the death penalty in Alabama, paleoanthropology in South Africa, the White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, and the theft of cultural palimony from the Tlingit peoples of Alaska.

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Scheduled events:
Adventures, Quests, and Crazy Obsessions
What does it take to get to the bottom a of crime against nature? Three best-selling authors talk about the crimes and crazy obsessions that lead them to write their fascinating books. From the search for dinosaur bone thieves, to a modern-day quest for a famous 17th-century sunken pirate ship, to the rescue of an endangered species on the brink in the Gulf of California, these authors take us behind-the-scenes to talk about how these compelling books came to be and what they learned from them.

National Parks Experience (Seats 146)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sat, Mar 2, 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Signing area: Sales & Signing Area - National Parks (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Brooke Bessesen, Robert Kurson, Paige Williams
Moderator: Carol Schwalbe
Obsessions and Consequences
Three non-fiction authors address how obsessions affect the lives of those obsessed and the consequences that unravel. One book is about Israeli spies posing as Arabs and their successful and tragic results, another is about a physician obsessed by anger toward a colleague and the third is about a fossil collector obsessed with gaining fame and wealth.

Integrated Learning Center Room 130 (Seats 143, Wheelchair accessible)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sun, Mar 3, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
True Crime
Signing area: Sales & Signing Area - Integrated Learning Center (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: A.J. Flick, Matti Friedman, Paige Williams
Moderator: Beverly Tobiason

The Dinosaur Artist
Nature / Environment / Outdoor Adventure
September 2018
ISBN 9780316382533
320 pages
$28.00, INSTORE
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New Yorker staff writer Paige Williams delves into the riveting and sometimes perilous world of the international fossil trade through the true story of one man's devastating attempt to sell a Gobi Desert dinosaur skeleton from Mongolia, a nation that forbids trafficking in natural history. More/less

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Arizona Daily Star
University of Arizona

Presenting Sponsors

Tucson Medical Center

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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

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Marshall Foundation

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