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

Diamond Ventures

Jason Makansi, author of four non-fiction books relating to business, energy/environmental issues and mathematical modeling, has published short stories in a variety of literary journals and collections. He is a 2009 alumnus of the Sewanee Writers Conference, has reviewed short story collections for The Short Review and is currently a contributing editor for River Styx literary journal and Associate Editor for December literary magazine. In his spare time, he plays the viola in community orchestras, plays piano for fun and rides his bike as often as he can.

The Moment Before is his first novel.

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Scheduled events:
Telling Stories from “The Other’s” Point of View
Hernan Diaz author of "In the Distance," musician and author of “Purchase” Christopher Doyle, and Jason Makansi author of "The Moment Before” will discuss telling and writing stories from the “other’s” point of view. Assistive listening devices available.

Integrated Learning Center Room 141 (Seats 60, Wheelchair accessible)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sat, Mar 10, 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: Hernan Diaz, Christopher Doyle, Jason Makansi
Moderator: Naomi Benaron
Multilayered Plots & Complex Characters
Bryn Chancellor, Jason Makansi and Brendan Matthews will discuss how they successfully wrote layered plots and complex characters and how you can too! Assistive listening devices available.

Student Union Sabino (Seats 100)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sun, Mar 11, 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Fiction / Literature
Signing area: Sales & Signing Area - UA BookStore Tent (on Mall) (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Bryn Chancellor, Jason Makansi, Brendan Mathews
Moderator: Hernan Diaz

The Moment Before
Fiction / Literature
Blank Slate Press
March 2018
ISBN 9781943075423
320 pages
$16.95, INSTORE
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A woman and her beloved Syrian father, separated forty years earlier when he is swept up in a geopolitical odyssey from hell, are almost reunited by a lawyer struggling to save his Illinois hometown from financial ruin. More/less

Painting By Numbers: How to sharpen your BS detector and smoke out the "experts"
Current Issues / Politics / Social Science
Layla Dog Press
December 2016
ISBN 9780998425900
196 pages
$12.95, INSTORE
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Winner of 2017 Independent Publishers IPPY GOLD and 2016 Foreword Reviews INDIE SILVER BETTER NUMERICAL LITERACY ISN'T JUST DESIRABLE; IT'S ESSENTIAL TO SUSTAINING A CIVIL, DEMOCRATIC, AND FREE SOCIETY In the public sphere, numbers are supposed to be more solid than words, less subjective. More/less

Named Sponsors

Arizona Daily Star
University of Arizona

Presenting Sponsors

Tucson Medical Center

Major Sponsors

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Pima County Public Library
Stocker Foundation
University of Arizona BookStores
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William & Mary Ross Foundation
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