University of Arizona Campus  •  March 10 - 11, 2018  •  9:30am to 5:30pm
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Save the date for 2017!

March 11-12, 2017 (9:30am - 5:30pm)

Save the date for 2018!

March 10-11, 2018 (9:30am - 5:30pm)

Elizabeth McKenzie

Ms. McKenzie is sponsored by the Pima County Public Library

Elizabeth McKenzie is the author of the novel The Portable Veblen, long listed for the 2016 National Book Award. Her collection, Stop That Girl, was short listed for The Story Prize, and her novel MacGregor Tells the World was a Chicago Tribune, San Francisco Chronicle and Library Journal Best Book of the year. She is the editor of My Postwar Life: New Writings from Japan and Okinawa. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic Monthly, Best American Nonrequired Reading, and the Pushcart Prize anthology, and has been recorded for NPR's Selected Shorts.

She is an editor at the Chicago Quarterly Review and Catamaran Literary Reader.

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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
Writers for a New Generation
Smart, hip and witty writers who think out of the box are creating innovative formats, unconventional characters, and a new world view for readers of a new generation. Three notable authors discuss writing for the way we read now.

Student Union Santa Rita (Seats 120)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sat, Mar 11, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Fiction / Literature
Signing area: Sales & Signing Area - UA BookStore Tent (on Mall) (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Peter Ho Davies, Álvaro Enrigue, Elizabeth McKenzie
Moderator: Helene Woodhams
Elizabeth McKenzie
The Portable Veblen: The New York Times Book Review says, "a literary novel with a squirrel subplot may sound improbable, yet McKenzie adroitly skirts the line between plausible and the absurd. Veblen, the book's heart and spirit, wins us over with her sense of wonder about the natural versus the man-made world a wonder that suffuses the entirety of this quirky, engaging novel."

Mostly Books, Booth #240 (Seats 1)
Sat, Mar 11, 3:00 pm - 3:45 pm
Fiction / Literature

Author: Elizabeth McKenzie
Colson Whitehead - A Conversation with the National Book Award Winner
The winner of the 2016 National Book Award for fiction talks about books and writing with National Book Award honoree Elizabeth McKenzie.

Integrated Learning Center Room 120 (Seats 300, Wheelchair accessible)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sun, Mar 12, 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Fiction / Literature
Signing area: Sales & Signing Area - Integrated Learning Center (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelist: Colson Whitehead
Moderator: Elizabeth McKenzie
Dysfunction Junction: Satire Begins at Home
From wryly witty to laugh-out-loud funny, these three masters of satire offer clever scenarios and dialog with enough snap-crackle-and-pop to keep readers slightly off-balance and always entertained.

Modern Languages Room 350 (Seats 318, Wheelchair accessible)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sun, Mar 12, 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: Nathan Hill, Elizabeth McKenzie, Luis Alberto Urrea
Moderator: Lisa Napoli

The Portable Veblen
Fiction / Literature
Penguin Books
January 2017
ISBN 9781101981597
Paperback, 448 pages
$16.00, INSTORE
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An exuberant, one-of-a-kind novel about love and family, war and nature, new money and old values by a brilliant New Yorker contributor The Portable Veblen is a dazzlingly original novel that's as big-hearted as it is laugh-out-loud funny. More/less

MacGregor Tells the World
Fiction / Literature
Random House
June 2007
ISBN 9781400062256
Paperback, 259 pages
$19.00, INSTORE
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Orphaned as a child, twenty-two-year-old MacGregor West embarks on a quest to uncover the truth about what happened to his mother and why, following a trail of clues that leads to the San Francisco mansion of cultural icon Charles Ware and into the middle of the eccentric Ware family, including Carolyn, Charles's enigmatic daughter, whose past is as shrouded in mystery as his own. 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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