University of Arizona Campus  •  March 10 - 11, 2018  •  9:30am to 5:30pm
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Why We Need Complex and Diverse Characters


The call for more diverse books reflecting the lives of people of color and other marginalized groups includes the challenge of creating characters with depth and complexity. Three award-winning authors will talk about how they create diverse characters who are complex and avoid limited heroic or stereotypical representations.


Panelists
N. Senzai

N.H. Senzai is the author of the award-winning novel, "Shooting Kabul," chosen by the Asian Pacific Librarians Association as their Young Adult Literature winner and an NPR’s Backseat Book Club pick, along with Edgar Award nominee "Saving Kabul Corner" and YALSA pick "Ticket To India....

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Erika Sánchez

Erika L. Sánchez is the daughter of Mexican immigrants. A poet, essayist and fiction writer. She is the author of the poetry collection, "Lessons on Expulsion," and the young adult novel, "I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter," a National Book Award Finalist and New York Times Bestseller....

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Jacqueline Woodson

Jacqueline Woodson is the 2014 National Book Award winner for her award-winning memoir "Brown Girl Dreaming," which was also a recipient of the Coretta Scott King Award, a Newbery Honor Award, the NAACP Image Award and the Sibert Honor Award....

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Arizona Daily Star
University of Arizona

Presenting Sponsors

Tucson Medical Center

Major Sponsors

Friend 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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