University of Arizona Campus  •  March 10 - 11, 2018  •  9:30am to 5:30pm
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Fenton Johnson

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Fenton Johnson was born ninth of nine children into a Kentucky whiskey-making family of storytellers. His latest book, a collection of essays titled "Everywhere Home: A Life in Essays," was selected for the Bruckheimer Series in Kentucky Literature and was published by Sarabande Press. His most recent novel, "The Man Who Loved Birds," was supported by a Guggenheim Fellowship and was published concurrently with new editions of his earlier award-winning novels "Scissors, Paper, Rock" and "Crossing the River." "Scissors" was nominated for the San Francisco Bay Area Book Reviewers Award and the Boston Review Fisk Award for best fiction.

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Scheduled events:
Writing Home
Noted feminist scholar and author bell hooks converses with writer and UA Professor of English Fenton Johnson on their shared Kentucky roots, “writing home” and away from home, the influence of faith and spirituality in their work and much more.

Social & Behavioral Sciences Tent (Seats 140, Wheelchair accessible)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sun, Mar 11, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Signing area: Signing Area - Social & Behavioral Sciences Tent (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: bell hooks, Fenton Johnson
Moderator: Stephanie Troutman

Everywhere Home: A Life in Essays
Memoir / Essays / Creative Nonfiction
Sarabande Books
May 2017
ISBN 9781941411438
Paperback, 216 pages
$15.95, INSTORE
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Part retrospective, part memoir in essays, Johnson's collection explores sexuality, religion, geography, the AIDS crisis, and more.

The Man Who Loved Birds: A Novel
Fiction / Literature
University Press of Kentucky
January 2016
ISBN 9780813166599
Hardcover, 328 pages
$24.95, INSTOCK
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Having taken great risks―to immigrate to America, to take monastic vows―Bengali physician Meena Chatterjee and Brother Flavian are each seeking safety and security when they encounter Johnny Faye, a Vietnam vet, free spirit, and expert marijuana farmer. More/less

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