University of Arizona Campus  •  March 10 - 11, 2018  •  9:30am to 5:30pm
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Elena Marie Passarello

Wendy Madar

Friends of the Festival

Elena Passarello is the author of two collections of essays, both published by Sarabande Books. Her debut collection, “Let Me Clear My Throat,” discusses the human voice in pop culture. Her most recent book, “Animals Strike Curious Poses,” tells the stories of 16 famous animals from history. “Animals Strike Curious Poses” was a New York Times Editor’s Choice and will soon be reprinted in Germany, France, and the UK. Passarello's essays on performance, pop culture and the natural world have recently appeared in Virginia Quarterly Review, Oxford American, Paris Review Daily and in the forthcoming anthology on television and childhood, Little Boxes. The recipient of a 2015 Whiting Award, she teaches in the MFA program at Oregon State University.


Scheduled events:
Mondo Fauna: Animals and the People Who Love Them
Nearly everyone loves animals for the comfort and joy they bring to our lives. Darwin had his tortoise, Harriet, while Mozart has his starling. There was even Koko, the gorilla who could "speak." And people of the Sonoran Desert love their bats for the role they play in pollination of the iconic saguaros. These authors will build a bridge between the old-fashioned love of nature and science of animal intelligence and emotions. Participate with them in a discussion of the animals in our lives, the people who care about them and the important roles they play in our survival as a species.

Science City - Main Stage (Seats 195)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sun, Mar 11, 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Science / Medicine / Technology
Signing area: Signing Area - Flandrau BookStore (Science City) (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Theodore Fleming, Brandon Keim, Elena Passarello
Moderator: Tom Wilson
Up, Close and Personal
Writing about our world takes a critical, careful, witty eye. Expert essayists explain why this matters and how they approach their craft.

National Parks Experience (Seats 146)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sun, Mar 11, 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Nature / Environment / Outdoor Adventure
Signing area: Sales & Signing Area - National Parks (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Brandon Keim, Elena Passarello, Nicole Walker
Moderator: Ken Lamberton

Animals Strike Curious Poses
Science / Medicine / Technology
February 2017
ISBN 9781941411391
Hardcover, 200 pages
$19.95, INSTORE
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With exuberant wit, Elena Passarello casts her gaze on famous historical animals, crafting an essay collection organized as medieval bestiary.

Let Me Clear My Throat: Essays
Humor / Comedy
Sarabande Books
October 2012
ISBN 9781936747450
Paperback, 242 pages
$15.95, INSTORE
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A rollicking, wide-reaching annotated soundtrack of pop stars, phone psychics, Elvis impersonators, and other marvels of the human voice.

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
Western National Parks Association
William & Mary Ross Foundation
University of Arizona - Facilities Management

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Marshall Foundation
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