University of Arizona Campus  •  March 10 - 11, 2018  •  9:30am to 5:30pm
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Save the date for 2017!

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

Save the date for 2018!

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

Michael Rubens

Mr. Rubens is appearing courtesy of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Michael Rubens is a producer and correspondent for Full Frontal with Samantha Bee and has three published novels, with another slated for publication in June of 2017.

His novel "Sons of the 613" was selected by Kirkus Reviews, YALSA and Tablet Magazine as one of the best books of the year and received a rare perfect 10 from VOYA. Stephen Colbert called his first novel - "The Sheriff of Yrnameer" - "A science fiction book your grandmother will love...if she’s a lustful, violent lady." His third novel, "The Bad Decisions Playlist," is out now, so you should buy it! His fourth novel, "Emily and the Spellstone," comes out June 2017.

His work has also appeared in The New Yorker’s Daily Shouts, HuffPost Comedy and Salon. In the past he has been a producer for Last Week Tonight with John Oliver and The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. For a very brief period he was also the world's least effective bouncer. It’s pronounced "YUR-nuh-meer."

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Scheduled events:
Slackers and Musicians in YA Books
Join Jeff Garvin and Michael Rubens as they talk about Symptoms of Being Human and The Bad Decisions Playlist, and answer questions on writing about musicians and slackers.

Teen & Author Stage (Seats 88)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sat, Mar 11, 3:00 pm - 3:45 pm

Panelists: Jeff Garvin, Michael Rubens
Tough Questions, Tougher Answers
Teens often face tough life situations that raise questions for which there are no easy answers and that require making difficult decisions.

Education Room 351 (Seats 48, Wheelchair accessible)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sun, Mar 12, 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Children / Teens
Signing area: Signing Area - Children / Teen (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Kathleen Glasgow, Shaun David Hutchinson, Michael Rubens
Moderator: Marina Welmers
Writing Workshop on Fiction: Ask Me Anything
Advice for teens on writing and response to their writing

Teen Lounge  View this venue on the Festival map
Sun, Mar 12, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Panelist: Michael Rubens
Journalism, TV, and Children's Books: Multiple Pathways as a Writer
Three best-selling authors will talk about their multiple pathways as writers that include working as journalists and writing for late night TV shows as well as writing for children and teens. Each of these pathways provides different writing demands and networks of relationships in creating a career as a writer.

Education Room 333 (Seats 40, Wheelchair accessible)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sun, Mar 12, 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Children / Teens
Signing area: Signing Area - Children / Teen (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Michael Rubens, Eliot Schrefer, Sandra Neil Wallace
Moderator: Marina Welmers

The Bad Decisions Playlist
Children / Teens
Clarion Books
August 2016
ISBN 9780544096677
Hardcover, 304 pages
$17.99, INSTOCK
Buy now

Sixteen-year-old Austin is always messing up and then joking his way out of tough spots. More/less

Sons of the 613
Children / Teens
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
September 2012
ISBN 9780547612164
Hardcover, 305 pages
$16.99, INSTOCK
Buy now

Isaac is preparing for his bar mitzvah when his older brother Josh, a self-proclaimed "Super Jew" and undefeated wrestler, forces him into a quest to become a man: shooting a gun, riding a motorcycle, playing pool and falling in love. 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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