University of Arizona Campus  •  March 10 - 11, 2018  •  9:30am to 5:30pm
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March 11-12, 2017 (9:30am - 5:30pm)

Save the date for 2018!

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

Elizabeth J. Church

Alan A. Church

Ms. Church is appearing courtesy of Algonquin Books

Elizabeth J. Church was born in Los Alamos, New Mexico. Her father, a research chemist, was drafted out of Carnegie Mellon University, where he was pursuing his graduate studies, and was sent to join other scientists working in secret on the Manhattan Project. Church’s mother, a biologist, eventually joined her husband in Los Alamos. While “The Atomic Weight of Love” is not their story, it is the story of many of the women who sacrificed their careers so that their husbands could pursue unique opportunities in scientific research. Church practiced law for over thirty years, but after circumstances taught her the brevity of life, she walked away from the law to pursue her original dream of writing. “The Atomic Weight of Love” -- her first novel -- has been named the #1 Indie Next Pick for May 2016, and Audible Books Editors' Choice for Best Books of 2016. Her next novel, "Map of Venus," will be published in the spring of 2018.

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Scheduled events:
World War II from Los Alamos to Germany
Three powerful debut novelists discuss World War II through the eyes of their characters. Among the characters are a woman living in Los Alamos during the development of the atomic bomb, two young women from the Polish Resistance held at Ravensbruck, twin sisters who are subjects in Mengele’s twins study at Auschwitz, and female doctors at the concentration camps. New perspectives on the subject of World War II.

Modern Languages Room 350 (Seats 318, Wheelchair accessible)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sat, Mar 11, 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Fiction / Literature
Signing area: Sales & Signing Area - Central Mall (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Elizabeth J. Church, Martha Hall Kelly, Affinity Konar
Moderator: Kate Cusumano
Transformative Characters
Three authors discuss how political and historical events, gender role expectations, setting, and other factors all play a roll in shaping the characters in their books.

Student Union Tucson Room (Seats 110)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sun, Mar 12, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Fiction / Literature
Signing area: Sales & Signing Area - UA BookStore Tent (on Mall) (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Elizabeth J. Church, Juliette Fay, Nancy E. Turner
Moderator: Kate Cusumano

The Atomic Weight of Love
Fiction / Literature
March 2017
ISBN 9781616206901
Paperback, 368 pages
$15.95, INSTOCK
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In her sweeping debut novel, Elizabeth J. Church takes us from the World War II years in Chicago to the vast sun-parched canyons of New Mexico in the 1970s as we follow the journey of a driven, spirited young woman, Meridian Wallace, whose scientific ambitions are subverted by the expectations of her era. More/less

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