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


Tanaz Bhathena was born in India and raised in Saudi Arabia and Canada. She is the author of "A Girl Like That" and "The Beauty of the Moment" (forthcoming Feb. 26, 2019). Her short stories have appeared in various journals including Blackbird, Witness and Room. A wanderer at heart, Tanaz can often be found traveling to different countries, learning bits and pieces of a foreign language and taking way too many photographs. She loves slapstick comedies and any kind of music that makes her dance. She lives in the Toronto area with her family.

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Scheduled events:
Teen Audio Interview with Tanaz Bhathena
A small group of teens who have read this author's newest book will interview the author to create a podcast to post on the library website and the festival website.

AZPM - Teen Audio Interviews (not a public venue)
Sat, Mar 2, 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Children / Teens

Panelist: Tanaz Bhathena
Moderator: Amy Morris
My Life Matters: Teens Challenging Expectations
The expectations of adults and peers can create boxes that confine teens. Four YA authors share the ways in which teens in their books challenge and go beyond societal expectations of gender, race, sexuality and social class to become their own selves.

Education Room 353 (Seats 117, Wheelchair accessible)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sat, Mar 2, 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Children / Teens
Signing area: Signing Area - Children / Teen (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Tanaz Bhathena, Bill Konigsberg, Kekla Magoon, Matt Mendez
Moderator: Celeste Trimble
Matters of the Heart: Love In YA Literature
Love is a theme that often fills YA novels. Three YA authors will share the ways in which they brought unique connections to themes of love to their books.

Education Kiva 211 (Seats 200)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sat, Mar 2, 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Children / Teens
Signing area: Signing Area - Children / Teen (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Kwame Alexander, Tanaz Bhathena, Emma Mills
Moderator: Marney Welmers
Teen Worlds: A Carousel of YA Authors
Meet eight YA authors in 60 minutes. Each author will be at a table to talk about their latest book with a small group. Every eight minutes, each author will move to another table in our own version of author speed-dating.

Education Kiva 211 (Seats 200)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sun, Mar 3, 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Children / Teens
Signing area: Signing Area - Children / Teen (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Tanaz Bhathena, Sara Holland, Karen McManus, Emma Mills, Kass Morgan, Shelley Sackier, Sonja Stone, Suzanne Young
Moderators: Janine Schall, Tracy Smiles

Books:
A Girl Like That
Children / Teens
Farrar, Straus & Giroux (BYR)
February 2018
ISBN 9780374305444
384 pages
$17.99, INSTORE
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In Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, sixteen-year-old half-Hindu/half-Parsi Zarin Wadia is the class troublemaker and top subject for the school rumor blogs, regularly leaving class to smoke cigarettes in cars with boys, but she also desperately wants to grow up and move out of her aunt and uncle's house, perhaps realizing too late that Porus, another non-Muslim Indian who risks deportation but remains devoted to Zarin, could help her escape.

The Beauty of the Moment
Children / Teens
Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
February 2019
ISBN 9780374308445
320 pages
$17.99, INSTORE
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Sixteen-year-old Susan is the new girl in her Canadian high school, striving to meet her parents' academic expectations, missing the friends she left behind in Saudi Arabia, dreaming of pursuing her passion for art, and secretly meeting with troublemaker Malcolm.

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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