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Michel Stone

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Michel Stone is a writer, speaker, educator, and community volunteer. Her critically acclaimed novels Border Child (April 2017, Nan A. Talese/Doubleday, 2017) and The Iguana Tree (Hub City Press, 2012) have been compared to the writings of John Steinbeck and both books have been optioned for film. Border Child has been favorably reviewed by Kirkus (starred review), The San Francisco Chronicle, Charleston Magazine, The Charlotte Observer, The New York Journal of Books, among many others and was recently favorably mentioned in The New Yorker. Stone has published numerous stories and essays, and she is a 2011 recipient of the South Carolina Fiction Award. Michel is a Fellow of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.

A selection of quotes about Michel's work:

“Stone tells the story through multiple perspectives, but the narrative cuts deepest with Lilia, who blames herself for the loss of their child.” — The New Yorker

“A gripping and politically savvy look at the human impact of current immigration policy and an honest examination of the perils facing desperate immigrants as they travel north." — Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

“Poignant...perceptive” — Booklist

“A compelling and topical story!” — Raleigh News and Observer

“...a surprising and lovely end, showing a poet’s gift for choosing the perfect image to subtly convey meaning...It’s social realism, reminiscent of Steinbeck.” — San Francisco Chronicle

"Stone is a great storyteller" -- Library Journal

"Gripping, visceral and beautifully written" --Shelf Awareness

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Scheduled events:
Going Home
Carrie La Suer, Melissa Scholes Young and Michel Stone, three critically-acclaimed authors, discuss their protagonists and the challenges they face when coming home. Such as suffocating expectations, burdens of family legacy, secrets, human bonds that cannot be broken, racial tensions, childhood traumas and the worst mistakes of their pasts. Assistive listening devices available.

Student Union Tucson Room (Seats 110)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sat, Mar 10, 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Fiction / Literature
Signing area: Sales & Signing Area - UA BookStore Tent (on Mall) (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Carrie La Seur, Melissa Scholes Young, Michel Stone
Moderator: Naomi Benaron
New Land, New Life
There are many reasons to make a fresh start in a new land. Immigrants seek freedom, prosperity or even love, but the reality they find on foreign shores may be very different than the life they dreamt about. Assistive listening devices available.

Integrated Learning Center Room 120 (Seats 300, Wheelchair accessible)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sun, Mar 11, 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Fiction / Literature
Signing area: Sales & Signing Area - Integrated Learning Center (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Carolina De Robertis, Lisa Ko, Michel Stone
Moderator: Brendan Mathews

Border Child
Fiction / Literature
Doubleday/Nan A. Talese
April 2017
ISBN 9780385541640
Hardcover, 272 pages
$26.95, INSTORE
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