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)

Benjamin Percy

Photograph by Jennifer Percy

Benjamin Percy is the author of four novels -- "The Dark Net" (forthcoming this summer with Houghton Mifflin Harcourt), "The Dead Lands," "Red Moon and The Wilding" -- as well as two books of short stories, "Refresh, Refresh" and "The Language of Elk." He recently published a craft book called "Thrill Me: Essays on Fiction" with Graywolf Press.

His fiction and nonfiction have been read on National Public Radio, performed at Symphony Space, and published by Esquire, GQ, Time, Men’s Journal, Outside, The Wall Street Journal, The Paris Review, McSweeney’s, Ploughshares, Glimmer Train and Tin House. He also writes the Green Arrow and Teen Titans series at DC Comics, and James Bond at Dynamite Entertainment. Percy is a member of the WGA screenwriters’ guild and has sold scripts to FOX and Starz. He currently has several film and TV projects in development.

His honors include a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Whiting Writers’ Award, two Pushcart Prizes, the Plimpton Prize and inclusion in "Best American Short Stories" and "Best American Comics." He has taught at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. To learn more about him, visit his website:

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Scheduled events:
Apocalypse 101: How to Destroy the World
Why do you like writing about destroying the world?

UA Mall Tent (Seats 250)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sat, Mar 11, 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Sci-Fi / Fantasy / Horror
Signing area: Sales & Signing Area - Central Mall (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Mira Grant, Yvonne Navarro, Benjamin Percy, Michael Tolkin
Moderator: Toby Wehner
Fatal Family Secrets
Dysfunctional families with killer consequences.

Student Union Santa Rita (Seats 120)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sat, Mar 11, 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Mystery / Thrillers
Signing area: Sales & Signing Area - UA BookStore Tent (on Mall) (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Amy Engel, Benjamin Percy, Hester Young
Moderator: Tim Henry
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

Thrill Me
Book / Movie Biz
Graywolf Press
October 2016
ISBN 9781555977597
Paperback, 160 pages
$16.00, INSTORE
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Bold new essays on how to craft a thrilling read--in any genre--from the bestselling author of The Dead Lands Anyone familiar with the meteoric rise of Benjamin Percy's career will surely have noticed a certain shift: After writing two short-story collections and a literary novel, he delivered the werewolf thriller Red Moon and the postapocalyptic epic The Dead Lands. More/less

The Dead Lands
Mystery / Thrillers
Grand Central - HBG
November 2016
ISBN 9781455528219
Mass Market Paperback, 496 pages
$7.99, INSTORE
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A MINNESOTA BOOK AWARDS FINALIST IN NOVEL & SHORT STORY In Benjamin Percy's new thriller, a post-apocalyptic reimagining of the Lewis and Clark saga, a super flu and nuclear fallout have made a husk of the world we know. More/less

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Arizona Daily Star
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Presenting Sponsors

Tucson Medical Center

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