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)

Christina Baker Kline

Karin Diana

Ms. Kline is appearing courtesy of William Morrow

Christina Baker Kline's latest novel is "A Piece of the World," based on the iconic painting Christina’s World by Andrew Wyeth. Her previous novel, "Orphan Train" was on the New York Times bestseller list for over two years, including five weeks at number one, and was published in 40 countries. More than 100 communities and colleges have chosen it as a “One Book, One Read” selection. She is also the author of "Bird in Hand," "The Way Life Should Be," "Desire Lines," and "Sweet Water." In addition to her five novels, Kline has written and edited five nonfiction books, including "About Face: Women Write about What They See When They Look in the Mirror" (a collection of personal essays, co-edited with Anne Burt) and "The Conversation Begins: Mothers and Daughters Talk about Living Feminism" (co-authored with her mother, Christina Looper Baker).

Kline was born in Cambridge, England, and raised there, as well as in the American South and Maine. She is a graduate of Yale, Cambridge, and the University of Virginia, where she was a Henry Hoyns Fellow in Fiction Writing. She has taught fiction and nonfiction writing, poetry, English literature, literary theory, and women’s studies at Yale, NYU, and Drew University, and served as Writer-in-Residence at Fordham University for four years. She is a recipient of several Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation Fellowships and Writer-in-Residence Fellowships at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. She supports a number of libraries and other associations in New Jersey and Maine, and is a member of the Advisory Board for Roots & Wings, a nonprofit that provides support for at-risk adolescent and aged-out foster care youth.

Kline lives in an old house in Montclair, New Jersey, with her husband and three sons. She spends as much time as possible in an even older house in Southwest Harbor, Maine.

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Scheduled events:
Hot Off the Press
Open to Friends of the Festival - by invitation only. Meet marvelous authors releasing new books the week of the Tucson Book Festival! Authors will sign their books for you inside the Student Union South Ballroom. Please Note: Several of the new titles have publication dates in mid-March. The publishers are working to get the books to Tucson early, for this event!

Student Union South Ballroom (Seats 300, Wheelchair accessible)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sat, Mar 11, 8:30 am - 9:30 am

Panelists: Amy Dickinson, Amy Engel, Glenn Frankel, J. A. Jance, Christina Baker Kline, Victor Lodato, V. E. Schwab, Samantha Shannon, Joel Shurkin, Maggie Stiefvater
A Conversation with Christina Baker Kline
The author of "Orphan Train," (which spent more than two years on the New York Times bestseller list, including five weeks at #1), will discuss her latest, hot-off-the-press book. "Christina's World" examines the relationship between artist Andrew Wyeth, and the woman who was the subject of his best-known painting.

Modern Languages Room 350 (Seats 318, Wheelchair accessible)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sat, Mar 11, 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Fiction / Literature
Signing area: Sales & Signing Area - Central Mall (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelist: Christina Baker Kline
Moderator: Jillian Cantor
Art in Fiction
Every picture tells a story for the authors of these historical novels that examine the lives, loves and relationships of painters and their subjects--both real and imagined--and the consequences of the art they produced.

UA Mall Tent (Seats 250)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sat, Mar 11, 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Fiction / Literature
Signing area: Sales & Signing Area - Central Mall (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Christina Baker Kline, Dominic Smith, Dawn Tripp
Moderator: Jodi Horton
Premiere Fiction
Three of the biggest names in popular fiction will chat about books, the writer's life, and their hot new titles.

Student Union North Ballroom (Seats 567)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sun, Mar 12, 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Fiction / Literature
Signing area: Sales & Signing Area - Student Union North Ballroom Foyer (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Martha Hall Kelly, Christina Baker Kline, Lisa See
Moderator: Gay Vernon

A Piece of the World
Fiction / Literature
William Morrow
February 2017
ISBN 9780062356260
Hardcover, 320 pages
$27.99, INSTORE
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"A Piece of the World is a graceful, moving and powerful demonstration of what can happen when a fearless literary imagination combines with an inexhaustible curiosity about the past and the human heart: a feat of time travel, a bravura improvisation on the theme of art history, a wonderful story that seems to have been waiting, all this time, for Christina Baker Kline to come along and tell it. More/less

Orphan Train
Fiction / Literature
William Morrow
February 2013
ISBN 9780061950728
Paperback, 304 pages
$15.99, INSTORE
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Close to aging out of the foster care system, Molly Ayer takes a position helping an elderly woman named Vivian and discovers that they are more alike than different as she helps Vivian solve a mystery from her past.

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Tucson Medical Center

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