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

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Charles Johnson



Lynette Huffman-Johnson

Mr. Johnson is sponsored by the Pima County Public Library

Charles Johnson’s newest book is “The Way of the Writer: Reflections on the Art and Craft of Storytelling” (Scribner, 2016). His novel “Middle Passage” won the National Book Award for Fiction in 1990, making him the second African-American man to receive this prize after Ralph Ellison in 1953. He has also won a MacArthur Fellowship (or “genius grant”), as well as fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Guggenheim Foundation. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and was awarded the Humanities Washington Award 2013 for his longtime support for the humanities in Washington, including his fifteen-year involvement in Humanities Washington’s “Bedtime Stories” literary gala, an event that has raised over a million dollars for literacy programs. His numerous works include four novels, three collections of short stories and over 20 screenplays; he is also a cartoonist. Johnson is a professor emeritus of fiction at the University of Washington, where he began teaching in 1976, and an active force in the Seattle arts and humanities community.

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Scheduled events:
Incredible Journeys
Twenty-six years separate their National Book Awards (Johnson won his in 1990 for “The Middle Passage” and Whitehead’s was awarded in 2016 for "The Underground Railroad”), but the authors find common ground in the narrative of slavery and the upheavals and renewals that mark these symbolic journeys towards the elusive goal of a just society.

Modern Languages Room 350 (Seats 318, Wheelchair accessible)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sat, Mar 11, 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Fiction / Literature
Signing area: Sales & Signing Area - Central Mall (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Charles Johnson, Colson Whitehead
Moderator: Eve Cran
WORKSHOP: The Art and Craft of Storytelling
The award-winning best-selling novelist and screenwriter discusses how to write stories, covering word choice, sentence structure, narrative voice, scene construction, dialogue, and plot.

Integrated Learning Center Room 119 (Seats 60, Wheelchair accessible)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sun, Mar 12, 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Book / Movie Biz
Signing area: Sales & Signing Area - Integrated Learning Center (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelist: Charles Johnson
Writers on Writing
Three distinguished authors and writing instructors — with multiple awards and honors between them — discuss the creative impulse, the writing craft, and their lives in the literary world.

Integrated Learning Center Room 150 (Seats 155, Wheelchair accessible)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sun, Mar 12, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Book / Movie Biz
Signing area: Sales & Signing Area - Integrated Learning Center (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Charles Johnson, Benjamin Percy, David Shields
Moderator: Carmen Berry

Books:
The Way of the Writer
Book / Movie Biz
Scribner
December 2016
ISBN 9781501147227
Paperback, 256 pages
$16.00, INSTORE
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From Charles Johnson—a National Book Award winner, Professor Emeritus at University of Washington, and one of America’s preeminent scholars on literature and race—comes an instructive, inspiring guide to the craft and art of writing. More/less

Middle Passage
Fiction / Literature
Scribner
July 2015
ISBN 9780684855882
Paperback, 209 pages
$15.00, INSTORE
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In 1830, Rutherford Calhoun, a newly freed slave leading a dissolute life in New Orleans, finds himself forced into marriage.

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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