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

A Mexican-American author from the Valley, David Bowles is an assistant professor at UTRGV. Recipient of awards from the American Library Association, Texas Institute of Letters and Texas Associated Press, he has written 14 books, including the Pura Belpré Honor Book "The Smoking Mirror," the critically acclaimed, "Feathered Serpent," "Dark Heart of Sky: Myths of Mexico" and "They Call Me Güero: A Border Kid's Poems." In 2019, Penguin will publish "The Chupacabras of the Rio Grande," co-written with Adam Gidwitz. His work has also appeared in venues such as Journal of Children's Literature and Bookbird. In 2017, David was inducted into the Texas Institute of Letters in recognition of his literary accomplishments.

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Scheduled events:
What Do You Mean? It's My Book!
Illustrator Zeke Peña and author David Bowles discuss their experiences working with both small and large publishers to produce books for young people using their recent collaboration "They Call Me Güero: A Border Kid's Poems."

Nuestras Raíces/Presentation Stage (Seats 150)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sat, Mar 2, 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Nuestras Raices
Signing area: Pima County Public Library/Nuestras Raíces/Craft Tent & Signing Area (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: David Bowles, Zeke Pena
Moderator: Mel Dominguez
Facing Obstacles with Determination
The obstacles of life can seem insurmountable and discouraging unless faced with determination and a willingness to hope.

Education Room 351 (Seats 48, Wheelchair accessible)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sun, Mar 3, 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Children / Teens
Signing area: Signing Area - Children / Teen (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Sylvia Acevedo, David Bowles, Lindsey Stoddard
Moderator: Marney Welmers

They Call Me Güero
Children / Teens
Cinco Puntos
September 2018
ISBN 9781947627062
160 pages
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This collection of narrative poetry explores a year in the life of a Mexican-American boy: caring, talented, and irrepressibly mischievous.

Feathered Serpent, Dark Heart of Sky
Children / Teens
Cinco Puntos
May 2018
ISBN 9781941026724
368 pages
$16.95, INSTORE
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A contemporary retelling of the origin myths of Mexico, crafted as a single concrete narrative.

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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