Festival Staff / January 13, 2017
One of the nice things about the Tucson Festival of Books is that the author committees never forget about our local authors. There are, of course, many nationally celebrated and acclaimed authors who are from or live in Arizona, like Alexandra Bracken, Beth Cato, J.A. Jance, Bill Konigsburg, Adam Rex, and many others. And since the festival also features a hefty amount of nonfiction, many University of Arizona faculty get to share their research with the world on a platform that reaches more than just their students and direct colleagues.
Highlights in Fiction and Nonfiction
Mark Beauregard is presenting his debut novel (under this name, anyway), The Whale.
Adrienne Celt is a local Tucson author who spent last summer as a Writer-In-Residence at the Pima County Public Library.
Bruce Dinges is the editor of the Journal of Arizona History.
Tucson author Kathleen Glasgow will be talking about her debut novel Girl in Pieces.
Julie Iromuanya is a professor at the University of Arizona whose novel Mr. and Mrs. Doctor was shortlisted for the PEN/Faulkner award.
Juana Martinez-Neal is an author-illustrator who lives in Scottsdale.
Brendan McDonough is the only surviving member of the Hotshots who fought the Yarnell fire of 2013 and wrote My Lost Brothers: The Untold Story by the Yarnell Hill Fire's Lone Survivor.
Alberto Alvaro Rios is the Poet Laureate of Arizona.
Chief of the Phoenix Bureau of the New York Times Fernanda Santoswrote about the Yarnell fire in The Fire Line: The Story of the Granite Mountain Hotshots and One of the Deadliest Days in American Firefighting.
Tyina Steptoe is a professor of history at the University of Arizona who will be presenting her book Houston Bound: Culture and Color in a Jim Crow City.
Kelly Vaughn is the managing editor of Arizona Highways magazine.
More from the University of Arizona
Stephen L. Buchmann writes about pollination and bees.
Creative writing professor Alison Hawthorne Demingpublishes poetry and creative nonfiction.
Celestino Fernandez, Anna Ochoa O’Leary, Robin Reineke, and Raquel Rubio-Goldsmith are all either faculty or students at the University of Arizona who have come together with others to discuss Migrant Deaths in the Arizona Desert: La vida no vale nada, proceedings on a conference held in 2008.
Allan Hamilton, MD works with and writes about horses, and is a professor in Neurosurgery, Radiation Oncology, Psychology, and Electrical and Computer Engineering.
Jennifer Lei Jenkins writes about film and its impacts on the American Southwest.
Ander Monson, Will Slattery, Aisha Sabatini Sloan, Katherine Standefer, and Nicole Walker are faculty and students presenting collectively (with additional authors like Megan Kimble) on How We Speak to One Another.
Mexican American Studies professor Roberto Cintli Rodriguez writes about indigenous peoples and other aspects of Mexican and Mexican American culture.
Justin O. Schmidt writes about getting stung for science.
Scott Selisker writes about technology studies and the digital humanities in modern culture.
Johanna Skibsrud is an English professor who writes creatively in several different forms.
Check out these local authors (and many manymore) at the festival!