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Susan Meissner


Susan Meissner is a USA Today best-selling author of historical fiction with more than half a million books in print in 15 languages. She is an author, speaker and writing workshop leader with a background in community journalism. Her novels include "As Bright as Heaven," starred review in Library Journal, "Secrets of Charmed Life," a Goodreads finalist for Best Historical Fiction 2015 and "A Fall of Marigolds," named to Booklist’s Top Ten Women’s Fiction titles for 2014. A California native, she attended Point Loma Nazarene University and is also a writing workshop volunteer for Words Alive, a San Diego non-profit dedicated to helping at-risk youth foster a love for reading and writing.

Her new books are "Bright as Heaven" and "The Last Year of the War."

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Scheduled events:
Keeping History Fresh
Susanna Kearsley, Kristina McMorris and Susan Meissner are best-selling novelists who escort modern readers back to days gone by. Reading their words, we all become time travelers. Where will they take us today?!

Modern Languages Room 350 (Seats 318, Wheelchair accessible)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sat, Mar 2, 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Fiction / Literature
Signing area: Sales & Signing Area - Central Mall (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Susanna Kearsley, Kristina McMorris, Susan Meissner
Moderator: Anne Spieth
Finding Family
Brandon Hobson, Lynda Loigman and Susan Meissner have introduced characters longing to find their place. That search is not uncommon. These people, however, are uncommon. Why? Let's find out!

Student Union Sabino (Seats 87)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sat, Mar 2, 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Fiction / Literature
Signing area: Sales & Signing Area - UA BookStore Tent (on Mall) (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Brandon Hobson, Lynda Loigman, Susan Meissner
Moderator: Pam Treadwell-Rubin
Self-Reliance
Meet characters who think on their feet and demonstrate self-reliance during times of war and social change, whether they are from a world of enormous wealth and privilege, or one of shortages and rationing.

Integrated Learning Center Room 141 (Seats 120, Wheelchair accessible)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sun, Mar 3, 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Fiction / Literature
Signing area: Sales & Signing Area - Integrated Learning Center (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Therese Anne Fowler, Susan Meissner, Jennifer Robson
Moderator: Jane Fairchild

Books:
The Last Year of the War
Fiction / Literature
Berkley Books
March 2019
ISBN 9780451492159
400 pages
$26.00, NYP
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From the acclaimed author of Secrets of a Charmed Life and As Bright as Heaven comes a novel about a German American teenager whose life changes forever when her immigrant family is sent to an internment camp during World War II. More/less

As Bright as Heaven
Fiction / Literature
Berkley
January 2019
ISBN 9780399585975
400 pages
$16.00, INSTORE
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In 1918, Philadelphia was a city teeming with promise. Even as its young men went off to fight in the Great War, there were opportunities for a fresh start on its cobblestone streets. More/less

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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
University of Arizona BookStores
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William & Mary Ross Foundation

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