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Best Things, Small Packages


A well-crafted short story can make us laugh, make us cry and keep us up at night. They always make us think. In this session, three short-story specialists prove that great things often come in small packages. Assistive listening devices available.


Panelists
Thomas Mira y Lopez

Thomas Mira y Lopez is the author of The Book of Resting Places. He is the 2017-2018 Kenan Visiting Writer at the University of North Carolina and holds an MFA in creative nonfiction from the University of Arizona....

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Daniel Olivas

Daniel A. Olivas is the author of nine books, including "The Book of Want: A Novel" and "Things We Do Not Talk About: Exploring Latino/a Literature through Essays and Interviews." His latest books are "The King of Lighting Fixtures: Stories" and "Crossing the Border: Collected Poems....

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Brian Smith

Brian Jabas Smith was a songwriter before becoming an author, penning songs with Alice Cooper, among others. His writing career has brought him back to Tucson as an award-winning columnist in Tucson Weekly....

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Books:
The Book of Resting Places
Thomas Mira y Lopez
Social Science
Counterpoint Press
November 2017
ISBN 9781619021358

"Mira y Lopez’s first book is a thoughtful, intriguing collection of 10 personal essays dealing with the dead and where they end up . More/less

King of Lighting Fixtures
Daniel Olivas
Nuestras Raices
UA Press
September 2017
ISBN 9780816535620
167 pages
$16.95, INSTORE
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"A collection of short stories, each reflecting Daniel Olivas' Chicano culture, a life growing up in Los Angeles, his exposure to Jewish life as a Jew-by-choice, and his experience being the parent of a gay son. More/less

Spent Saints and Other Stories
Brian Smith
Fiction / Literature
Ridgeway Press
March 2017
ISBN 9781564390080
175 pages
$15.95, INSTOCK
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Fiction. Noir Fiction. Punk Rock. Working Class. Urban Studies. In this powerful collection of linked stories, debut author Brian Jabas Smith gazes into the lives of the stunted and the lost. More/less

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