University of Arizona Campus  •  March 11 - 12, 2017  •  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)
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Erin Entrada Kelly



Laurence Kesterson

Appearing courtesy of HarperCollins

Erin Entrada Kelly was raised in Lake Charles, La., but now lives in the Philadelphia area. Her debut novel, "Blackbird Fly," received three starred reviews and was named a 2015 Junior Library Guild Selection, 2015 SIBA Best Book of the South and 2015 Indie Kids’ Next Pick. "Blackbird Fly" was also nominated for the ALA Notable Children’s Book Award, earned an Asia Pacific Librarians Association Honor Award for Literature, and received the Golden Kite Honor Award. Kirkus, School Library Journal, and the Center for Multicultural Literature all named "Blackbird Fly" one of the best books of 2015. Her second novel, "The Land of Forgotten Girls," is a Top Ten Multicultural Books of 2016 and a Best Contemporary Middle Grade Books of the Year by Booklist, and was short-listed for Book of the Year by NAIBA. "The Land of Forgotten Girls" also earned three starred reviews and is a 2016 Junior Library Guild Selection. Erin’s third novel, "Hello, Universe," will be released in 2017. Erin is also a short story writer. Her short fiction has been nominated for the Philippines Free Press Literary Award for Short Fiction and the Pushcart Prize. She has an MFA in creative writing from Rosemont College.

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Scheduled events:
Finding Your Inner Hero as a Girl
Finding your own courage and voice as a girl continues to be difficult within families, school and society. Three authors will talk about girls and the ways they have written to highlight girls finding their own inner heroes.

Education Room 353 (Seats 117, Wheelchair accessible)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sat, Mar 11, 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Children / Teens
Signing area: Signing Area - Children / Teen (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Angela Cervantes, Kelly Jensen, Erin Entrada Kelly
Moderator: Hannah Gomez
Writing Workshop on Fiction
Advice for teens on writing and response to their writing

Teen Lounge  View this venue on the Festival map
Sat, Mar 11, 11:45 am - 12:30 pm

Panelist: Erin Entrada Kelly
Bullying: From Invisibility to Intimidation
Three authors who portray bullying in their books for young children and middle grade readers talk about their decisions about how to portray bullying in their books. They reflect on their strategies for writing about the effects of bullying on children and the portrayals of the bully as well as the child being bullied.

Education Room 353 (Seats 117, Wheelchair accessible)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sun, Mar 12, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Children / Teens
Signing area: Signing Area - Children / Teen (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Nikki Grimes, Erin Entrada Kelly, Trudy Ludwig
Moderator: Deborah Dimmett

Books:
Hello, Universe
Children / Teens
Greenwillow Books
March 2017
ISBN 9780062414151
Hardcover, 320 pages
$16.99, NYP
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The Land of Forgotten Girls
Children / Teens
Greenwillow Books
February 2017
ISBN 9780062238658
Paperback, 304 pages
$6.99, INSTOCK
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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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