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



Marion Ettlinger

Sponsored by Jane & Jim Peterson

American novelist Sigrid Nunez has been on the scene for some time, but none of her previous books captured the imagination as surely as her latest. Its title is "The Friend," and on November 14th it was was received the 2018 National Book Award for fiction. It is a tale of a lonely writer who takes solace after her friend's suicide by caring for his Great Dane. Nunez also authored "Salvation City," "The Last of Her Kind," "A Feather on the Breath of God" and "For Rouenna." She also wrote "Sempre Susan: A Memoir of Susan Sontag." Nunez has received a Whiting Award, the Rome Prize in Literature and a Berlin Prize Fellowship.

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Scheduled events:
National Book Awards
National Book Award winner Sigrid Nunez and two of her fellow finalists — Rebecca Makkai and Brandon Hobson — will discuss their words and their worlds during this hour of conversation with Lisa Lucas, Executive Director of the National Book Foundation.

Student Union North Ballroom (Seats 560)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sun, Mar 3, 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Multigenre
Signing area: Sales & Signing Area - Student Union North Ballroom Gallery (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Brandon Hobson, Rebecca Makkai, Sigrid Nunez
Moderator: Lisa Lucas
Is the Best Fiction Truth in Disguise?
Luis Alberto Urrea, Andre Dubus III and Sigrid Nunez have won major awards for their fiction. These books resonate, however, because they ring so true. They say something to us about us. Is great fiction simply truth is disguise? Discuss.

Student Union North Ballroom (Seats 560)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sun, Mar 3, 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Fiction / Literature
Signing area: Sales & Signing Area - Student Union North Ballroom Gallery (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Andre Dubus III, Sigrid Nunez, Luis Urrea
Moderator: Thomas Perry

Books:
The Friend
Fiction / Literature
Riverhead/Penguin Random House
February 2019
ISBN 9780735219458
224 pages
$16.00, INSTORE
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"Nunez's prose itself comforts us. Her confident and direct style uplifts--the music in her sentences, her deep and varied intelligence. More/less

Sempre Susan: A Memoir of Susan Sontag
Memoir / Essays / Creative Nonfiction
Riverhead
October 2014
ISBN 9781594633348
118 pages
$16.00, INSTORE
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A memoir of the writer responsible for the avant-garde "Against Interpretation" depicts her as a magnetic, outsized personality and a polarizing presence who made being an intellectual a glamorous occupation.

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Arizona Daily Star
University of Arizona

Presenting Sponsors

Tucson Medical Center

Major Sponsors

Friends of the Festival
Pima County Public Library
Stocker Foundation
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William & Mary Ross Foundation

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