University of Arizona Campus  •  March 2 - 3, 2019  •  9:30am to 5:30pm
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Nafissa Thompson-Spires


Sponsored by Kessler Timan Family Fund

Nafissa Thompson-Spires earned a PhD in English from Vanderbilt University and an MFA in Creative Writing at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in McSweeny’s “The Organist,” The Paris Review Daily, Dissent, Buzzfeed Books, The White Review, The Los Angeles Review of Books Quarterly Journal, and other publications. Her short story “Heads of the Colored People…” won Story Quarterly’s 2016 Fiction Prize, judged by Mat Johnson. Her work has received support from Callaloo, Tin House and the Sewanee Writers’ Conference.

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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
Here's My Selfie
Nafissa Thompson-Spires, Rebecca Serle and Karen Thompson have gifted us with best-sellers that looks closely at people -- individual people -- to learn just who they are and what makes them uniquely human.

Student Union Kachina (Seats 100)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sat, Mar 2, 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Fiction / Literature
Signing area: Sales & Signing Area - UA BookStore Tent (on Mall) (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Rebecca Serle, Karen Walker, Nafissa Thompson-Spires
Moderator: Robin Kall
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

Book:
Heads of the Colored People
Fiction / Literature
Atria / 37 INK
January 2019
ISBN 9781501168000
224 pages
$16.00, INSTORE
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This “vivid, fast, funny, way-smart, and verbally inventive” (George Saunders, author of Lincoln in the Bardo) collection of stories examines the concept of black identity in this so-called post-racial era. More/less

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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