University of Arizona Campus  •  March 2 - 3, 2019  •  9:30am to 5:30pm
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Cynthia L. Smith


Cynthia Leitich Smith is the best-selling, acclaimed author of the Tantalize series and the Feral series. She is an enrolled member of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation and is on the advisory board of We Need Diverse Books. She lives in Austin, Texas. Her new book is "Hearts Unbroken."

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Scheduled events:
The Importance of "Own Voices" Stories
The Own Voices movement highlights the importance of books from children that are written by authors telling stories from within their own cultures. Four authors will explore why Own Voices stories matter and their decisions as authors.

Education Room 353 (Seats 117, 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: Sayantani DasGupta, Ellen Hagan, Cynthia Smith, Renée Watson
Moderator: Hannah Gomez
Vampires and Werewolves
Worlds of vampires and werewolves collide as Cynthia Leitich Smith shares from her Feral Night series and Kiersten White from "Slayer," her new book based on Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

Teen & Author Stage (Seats 88)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sun, Mar 3, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Children / Teens
Signing area: Sales & Signing Area - Teen and Author Stage (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Cynthia Smith, Kiersten White
Moderators: Cydne Bolton, Nancy Webber-Graff
Trends in YA Literature
YA literature is continuously evolving and changing as particular trends take over the field or disappear. So what is happening in YA literature right now and what is the next big trend?

Education Room 333 (Seats 40, Wheelchair accessible)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sun, Mar 3, 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Children / Teens
Signing area: Signing Area - Children / Teen (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Megan Shepherd, Cynthia Smith, Kiersten White
Moderator: Lisa Morris-Wilkey

Books:
Hearts Unbroken
Children / Teens
Candlewick Press
October 2018
ISBN 9780763681142
$17.99, INSTORE
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Feral Nights
Children / Teens
Candlewick Press
February 2014
ISBN 9780763662943
$7.99, INSTOCK
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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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