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)

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

Linda Valdez

Ms. Valdez is sponsored by Alice & Bill Roe

Linda Valdez is a member of the editorial board of The Arizona Republic. She was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in editorial writing in 2003, and she won the Scripps Howard Walker Stone and the Sigma Delta Chi awards for her commentary on immigration and other social justice issues. Her book, "Crossing the Line: A marriage across borders," offers the joy, laughter and tears of her life experiences to provide a counterbalance to the irrational fear and ugly rhetoric being spewed about illegal immigrants. It's a love story that couldn't have happened if her husband Sixto Valdez hadn't crossed the border through a hole in the fence 28 years ago. They were married two weeks later. It's a partnership that produced a beautiful daughter, now 25, and brought benefits to both families, as well as enriching Sixto's adopted country and the many students he has taught as an elementary school teacher.


Scheduled events:
Giving Voice to the Unheard
Authors speak for those lost and forgotten in the upheaval crossing of the border and the law.

UA Library - Special Collections (Seats 100)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sat, Mar 11, 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Signing area: Sales & Signing Area - Integrated Learning Center (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Tim Z. Hernandez, Kimball Taylor, Linda Valdez
Moderator: Pam Treadwell-Rubin
Humanity Behind the Headlines: Immigration Issues
Journalists covering immigration issues find themselves at the heart of the human drama playing out daily in the lives of new arrivals. More often than not, immigrants are on the outside looking in, hoping for a new home, struggling for acceptance, and angling for a shot at American-style success. Three journalists share their research and first-person accounts of the immigrant experience — among both the documented and the undocumented - and the challenges that impact them.

Pima County Public Library/Nuestras Raíces/Presentation Stage (Seats 150)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sun, Mar 12, 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Nuestras Raices
Signing area: Invalid (1280) (following presentation)

Panelists: Daniel Connolly, Kimball Taylor, Linda Valdez
Moderator: Nancy Montoya

Crossing the Line: A marriage across borders
Nuestras Raices
Texas Christian University Press
November 2015
ISBN 9780875656182
Paperback, 192 pages
$22.95, INSTORE
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Not a typical immigration story, Crossing the Line is told by a middle-class American woman who falls in love with the son of an impoverished family from rural Mexico—a man who crosses the border illegally to be with her. 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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