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

Sayantani DasGupta

Sayantani DasGupta grew up hearing stories about brave princesses, bloodthirsty rakkhosh and flying pakkhiraj horses. She is a pediatrician by training but now teaches at Columbia University. She writes the Kiranmala and the Kingdom Beyond series....

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Ellen Hagan

Ellen Hagan is a writer, performer and educator. Her latest collection of poetry, "Hemisphere," was published by Northwestern University Press, and her poems and essays can be found in ESPN Magazine, Creative Nonfiction, Underwired Magazine, She Walks in Beauty edited by Caroline Kennedy, Huizache, Small Batch and Southern Sin....

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Cynthia 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....

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Renée Watson

Renée Watson is the New York Times best-selling, Newbery Honor and Coretta Scott King Award-winning author of "Piecing Me Together," "This Side of Home," "What Momma Left Me" and "Betty Before X," co-written with Ilyasah Shabazz, as well as two acclaimed picture books, "A Place Where Hurricanes Happen" and "Harlem's Little Blackbird," which was nominated for an NAACP Image Award....

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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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Western National Parks Association
William & Mary Ross Foundation

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