University of Arizona Campus  •  March 10 - 11, 2018  •  9:30am to 5:30pm
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Save the date for 2017!

March 11-12, 2017 (9:30am - 5:30pm)

Save the date for 2018!

March 10-11, 2018 (9:30am - 5:30pm)

Eli Sanders

Mr. Sanders is sponsored by Carol & Norman Levine

Eli Sanders is the associate editor of Seattleā€™s weekly newspaper, The Stranger. He won the Pulitzer Prize for Feature Writing in 2012 for his reporting on the murder of Teresa Butz. His work has appeared in The New York Times, The Seattle Times, The American Prospect and Salon, among other publications.

Sanders is the author of the gripping true crime book,"While the City Slept: A Love Lost to Violence and a Young Man's Decent into Madness." It received a starred review from Booklist, American Library Association.

*Starred Review* The facts of the story are that on a steamy July night in 2009, Teresa Butz and Jennifer Hopper were asleep in their modest South Seattle home when Isaiah Kalebu broke in and then savagely raped both women, murdered Teresa, and nearly killed Jennifer. The full context for these crimes is one of a profusion of broken mental-health, social-services, and criminal-justice systems that inadvertently facilitated the marginalization of a young man almost from the time of his birth, resulting in his collapse into madness. As clearly as the reader learns of the circuitous but seemingly destined path that brought lovers Teresa and Jennifer together, so, too, does the reader discover the equally labyrinthine trajectory that thwarted Isaiah and his family at every turn: marital discord and parental abuse, drug addiction and escalating crime. Sanders won a Pulitzer Prize for his reporting of Teresa's murder. Now he uses his journalistic acuity to fine measure as he creates a page-turning indictment of a perfect storm of preventable events. Handled with delicacy and delivered with a powerful sense of both dismay and compassion, Sanders offers an unflinching portrait of the human casualties of one city's and, by extrapolation, our country's overburdened health-care and judicial systems.

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Scheduled events:
Winning the Pulitzer Prize
Three Pulitzer Prize authors talk about how winning this distinguished award has impacted their careers.

Integrated Learning Center Room 120 (Seats 300, Wheelchair accessible)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sat, Mar 11, 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Signing area: Sales & Signing Area - Integrated Learning Center (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: William Finnegan, Eli Sanders, Steve Twomey
Moderator: Peter Medine
Motivation for Crime
What was the motive? From personal profit, to racism and gender bias, to undiagnosed mental illness, the motives for criminal behavior are many, and when society overlooks the warning signs their outcomes can be costly, and sometimes deadly.

Student Union Kachina (Seats 100)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sat, Mar 11, 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
True Crime
Signing area: Sales & Signing Area - UA BookStore Tent (on Mall) (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Ken Corbett, Elizabeth Greenwood, Eli Sanders
Moderator: Steve Caine
Innocence Lost: Teenagers & Crime
The tragedy of an illegal act compounded when it's committed by a teenager. Three authors discuss the motivation, aftermath, and implications for society when kids turn to crime.

UA BookStore (Seats 100)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sun, Mar 12, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
True Crime
Signing area: Sales & Signing Area - UA BookStore (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Asia McClain Chapman, Eli Sanders, Dan Slater
Moderator: Beverly Tobiason

While the City Slept: A Love Lost to Violence and a Young Man's Descent into Madness
True Crime
Penguin Books
February 2017
ISBN 9780143109518
Paperback, 336 pages
$17.00, INSTORE
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"Binged Making a Murderer? Try . . . [this] riveting portrait of a tragic, preventable crime. More/less

Named Sponsors

Arizona Daily Star
University of Arizona

Presenting Sponsors

Tucson Medical Center

Major Sponsors

Friend of the Festival
Pima County Public Library
Stocker Foundation
University of Arizona BookStores
University of Arizona - Facilities Management

Key Sponsors

Brucker Trust
Marshall Foundation
Monark Premium Appliance Company
William & Mary Ross Foundation
Western National Parks Association

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