University of Arizona Campus  •  March 10 - 11, 2018  •  9:30am to 5:30pm
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March 10-11, 2018 (9:30am - 5:30pm)

Paulette Jiles

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Ms. Jiles is sponsored by Bookmans Entertainment Exchange

Novelist, poet, and memoirist Paulette Jiles was born in Salem, Missouri, and raised in the Missouri Ozarks. She attended the University of Missouri where she earned a degree in Romance Languages. She moved to Canada when she was in her twenties to work as a journalist in the Canadian Arctic, and it was there that she won a Canadian Governor General Award (Canada’s highest literary honor) for her 1984 poetry collection, "Celestial Navigation." She returned to the United States in 1989 and still holds dual citizenship with Canada. In 2002 she won a Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize for her novel "Enemy Women." Jiles’s newest novel, "The News of the World," is her sixteenth published book.

Jiles currently resides on a small ranch outside San Antonio, Texas, where she writes and takes care of her two horses and one donkey and a cat. In her spare time she sings alto with her church choir and plays Irish tin whistle with a bluegrass group. With friends she has explored the Texas Big Bend country and Caprock Canyon on horseback, and rides the Ozark Trail every year.

Jiles says that “writing is a necessity and a joy.” She loves glittery and outrageous high heels, finds that stories often present themselves in one piece and that characters demand to be heard, and believes that poetry has taught her to “mind my prose style with minute care.”

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Scheduled events:
National Book Award Salute
The National Book Award exists to "celebrate the best of American literature, to expand its audience, and to enhance the cultural value of good writing in America. "Seven of the 2016 honorees, including the winners for fiction and nonfiction, are welcomed to the Festival by Lisa Lucas, Executive Director of the National Book Foundation.

Student Union North Ballroom (Seats 567)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sat, Mar 11, 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Signing area: Sales & Signing Area - Student Union North Ballroom Foyer (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Adam Cohen, Paulette Jiles, Ibram X. Kendi, Grace Lin, Elizabeth McKenzie, Andrés Reséndez, Colson Whitehead
Moderator: Lisa Lucas
Writing the West
New versus traditional, simple versus complicated, and heroes that dance to their own tune—the conflicts and hallmarks of the western narrative are grist for a discussion by three distinguished authors who are unparalleled in their talent for writing fiction with a western sensibility.

Modern Languages Room 350 (Seats 318, Wheelchair accessible)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sat, Mar 11, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Fiction / Literature
Signing area: Sales & Signing Area - Central Mall (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Paulette Jiles, Michael McGarrity, Nancy E. Turner
Moderator: Gay Vernon
Southwest Books of the Year Top Pick Authors
"Southwest Books of the Year," Pima County Public Library’s annual review of regional literature, recognizes the best books being written about, or set in, the Southwest. Five of 2016’s honorees discuss writing the Southwest in fact and fiction, and the importance of regional literature.

Integrated Learning Center Room 130 (Seats 143, Wheelchair accessible)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sat, Mar 11, 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Signing area: Sales & Signing Area - Integrated Learning Center (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Paulette Jiles, Fernanda Santos, Melissa Sevigny, Scott Thybony, Amy Von Lintel
Moderator: Helene Woodhams

The News of the World
Fiction / Literature
October 2016
ISBN 9780062409201
Hardcover, 224 pages
$22.99, INSTORE
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National Book Award Finalist—Fiction It is 1870 and Captain Jefferson Kyle Kidd travels through northern Texas, giving live readings to paying audiences hungry for news of the world. More/less

Enemy Women
Fiction / Literature
William Morrow
ISBN 9780061337635
Paperback, 321 pages
$13.99, INSTORE
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For the Colleys of southeastern Missouri, the War between the States is a plague that threatens devastation, despite the family’s avowed neutrality. 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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