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)

Tom Zoellner

Tom Zoellner, a fifth-generation Arizonan, is the politics editor of The Los Angeles Review of Books and an Associate Professor of English at Chapman University. Zoellner is the author of the nonfiction books, "Train: Riding the Rails that Created the Modern World--from the Trans-Siberian to the Southwest Chief," "A Safeway in Arizona: What the Gabrielle Giffords Shooting Tells Us About the Grand Canyon State and Life in America," "Uranium: War, Energy, and the Rock That Shaped the World", "The Heartless Stone: A Journey Through the World of Diamonds, Deceit, and Desire", and, with Paul Rusesabagina,"An Ordinary Man: An Autobiography". During the 1994 genocide in Rwanda, Rusesabagina, a hotel manager, turned the luxurious Hotel Milles Collines into a refuge for more than 1,200 Tutsi and moderate Hutu refugees, while fending off their would-be killers with a combination of diplomacy and deception. It was made into a film, Hotel Rwanda.

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The Book Reviewer's Beat
Book critics are the ultimate advocates for readers. They help you discover great books that you never would have found on your own. They help you steer clear of books that wouldn't suit you. They guide the reading life of the culture. Ever wonder how they find and choose the books they review? How they handle the necessarily charged relationship with the authors they review? Three prominent book reviewers give you a behind-the-scenes look at their journalistic beat.

Integrated Learning Center Room 150 (Seats 155, Wheelchair accessible)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sat, Mar 11, 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Book / Movie Biz
Signing area: Sales & Signing Area - Integrated Learning Center (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Colette Bancroft, Claiborne Smith, Tom Zoellner
Moderator: Gregory McNamee
Jim Harrison Tribute: The Lawrence Clark Powell Memorial Lecture
When prolific author Jim Harrison passed away in Patagonia last March, he left behind a body of work—fiction, poetry, essays, reviews, and food writing—that stand as a testament to his passion for the outdoors and his celebrated lust for life. Three longtime friends and literary luminaries in their own right share anecdotes and reminiscences, and reflect on Harrison’s life and times. The Lawrence Clark Powell Lecture annually celebrates an author who has made a notable contribution to the literature of the Southwest.

Integrated Learning Center Room 120 (Seats 300, Wheelchair accessible)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sun, Mar 12, 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Fiction / Literature
Signing area: Sales & Signing Area - Integrated Learning Center (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Philip Caputo, Terry McDonell, Doug Peacock
Moderator: Tom Zoellner
White Trash: A Conversation with Nancy Isenberg
An interview with the author about her ground-breaking, best-selling book on the 400 year history of class, poor whites, and the myth of equality in America.

UA Library - Special Collections (Seats 100)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sun, Mar 12, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
History / Biography
Signing area: Sales & Signing Area - Integrated Learning Center (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelist: Nancy Isenberg
Moderator: Tom Zoellner

History / Biography
ISBN 9780143126348
Paperback, 384 pages
$16.00, INSTORE
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An epic and revelatory narrative of the most important transportation technology of the modern worldIn his wide-ranging and entertaining new book, Tom Zoellner—coauthor of the New York Times–bestselling An Ordinary Man—travels the globe to tell the story of the sociological and economic impact of the railway technology that transformed the world—and could very well change it again. More/less

Heartless Stone
Memoir / Essays / Creative Nonfiction
ISBN 9780312339708
Paperback, 340 pages
$18.00, INSTORE
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Documents the author's visits to diamond mines after a broken engagement, describing his efforts to understand the worth of an engagement ring, the factors that linked diamonds with engagements, and the retail diamond industry.

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Arizona Daily Star
University of Arizona

Presenting Sponsors

Tucson Medical Center

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Brucker Trust
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