Festival Staff / January 30, 2017
There are many authors speaking on LGBTQ themes this year, regarding both LGBTQ issues in the real world and writing about them in fiction. See panels, attend signings, and ask lots of questions of some of the country’s top scholars in LGBTQ history, and then discover new reads about people of all types who live the worlds of teen and children’s literature.
Lillian Faderman, author of The Gay Revolution, will lead the LGBTQ Keynote on Saturday alongside Amy Ellis Nutt, author of Becoming Nicole: The Transformation of an American Family, and Jim Obergefell, coauthor of Love Wins: The Lovers and Lawyers Who Fought the Landmark Case for Marriage Equality. The three will also appear at other panels throughout the festival, including a session led solely by Lillian Faderman, one of the most authoritative scholars on gay and lesbian history in modern academia.
The University of Arizona College of Social and Behavioral Sciences is a partial sponsor of these attendees and the Tucson Festival of Books’ special theme on LGBTQ Issues.
But it’s not all about the story and the struggle. You can also attend panels on youth literature:
Depicting LGBTQ Experiences in Books for Teens, with Jeff Garvin, Shaun David Hutchinson, and Bill Konigsberg
Recommended Children's Books with LGBTQ Characters,with Desiree Cueto and Janine Schall
These panels will focus more on the representation of LGBTQ characters in stories for children and young adults, and how those experiences shape young people and their futures.
See the full schedule and narrow it down in your own way.