University of Arizona Campus  •  March 2 - 3, 2019  •  9:30am to 5:30pm
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Fierce and Competent: Teen Girls Who Take on the World


Teen girls who are both fierce and competent in taking on the conflicts in their lives and society are rare in books for teens. These authors will share how they create teen girls who are believable and strong as they face those who would discount them.


Panelists
Rae Carson

Rae Carson is the New York Times and USA Today best-selling author of award-winning fantasy and science fiction. She lives in Arizona with her husband. Her new book is "Star Wars Most Wanted."

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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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Lindsey Stoddard

Lindsey Stoddard is the author of "Right as Rain" and "Just Like Jackie." She was born and raised in Vermont, where she loved to play in the snow and ski, learned to boil sap in her grandpa’s sugarhouse and began her lifelong love of reading....

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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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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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