University of Arizona Campus  •  March 2 - 3, 2019  •  9:30am to 5:30pm
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Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah


Sponsored by Hughes Federal Credit Union

Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah has an M.F.A. from Syracuse University. His work has appeared in numerous publications, including Guernica, Printer's Row and Breakwater Review, where ZZ Packer awarded him the Breakwater Review Fiction Prize. "Friday Black" is his first book.

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Scheduled events:
Razor Sharp Short Stories
Tackling big and relevant themes that capture life in a moment, the art of short story writing is not to be taken lightly. This panel explores how authors create a compelling, dynamic and intense story in a very short time.

Student Union Kachina (Seats 100)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sat, Mar 2, 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Fiction / Literature
Signing area: Sales & Signing Area - UA BookStore Tent (on Mall) (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Nana Adjei-Brenyah, Mark Mayer, Aurelie Sheehan, Nafissa Thompson-Spires
Moderator: Emily Walsh
New American Imaginations
How do we write stories — both fiction and non-fiction — that can not only reflect the challenging realities of today's world, but also create new and better possibilities for the future? Three debut authors reveal the inspirations and artistic aims behind their imaginative new books, leading to a discussion of what it means to write honestly and provocatively about American life in the twenty-first century.

Integrated Learning Center Room 141 (Seats 120, Wheelchair accessible)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sun, Mar 3, 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Multigenre
Signing area: Sales & Signing Area - Integrated Learning Center (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Nana Adjei-Brenyah, Nishta Mehra, Nafissa Thompson-Spires
Moderator: Matt Bell
Catastrophic Moments
A discussion about a life-changing event and how characters have to adapt, overcome and find a way to not have it define them.

Modern Languages Room 350 (Seats 318, Wheelchair accessible)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sun, Mar 3, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Fiction / Literature
Signing area: Sales & Signing Area - Central Mall (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Nana Adjei-Brenyah, Alice Hatcher, Karen Walker
Moderator: Nicole Walker

Book:
Friday Black
Fiction / Literature
Mariner Books
October 2018
ISBN 9781328911247
208 pages
$14.99, INSTORE
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A piercingly raw debut story collection from a young writer with an explosive voice; a treacherously surreal, and, at times, heartbreakingly satirical look at what it's like to be young and black in America.

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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