University of Arizona Campus  •  March 10 - 11, 2018  •  9:30am to 5:30pm
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March 11-12, 2017 (9:30am - 5:30pm)

Save the date for 2018!

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

Johanna Skibsrud

Dan Davis

Ms. Skibsrud is sponsored by the Arts Foundation for Tucson & Southern Arizona

Johanna Skibsrud was born in Nova Scotia, Canada in 1980. Her debut novel, "The Sentimentalists," was awarded the 2010 Scotiabank Giller Prize, making her the youngest writer to ever win Canada’s most prestigious literary prize. The book was subsequently shortlisted for the Commonwealth Book Award and is currently translated into five languages.

A short story collection, "This Will Be Difficult to Explain and Other Stories" was published in 2011 and shortlisted for Canada’s Danuta Gleed Award. Stories in the collection previously appeared in Zoetrope, Ecotone, and Glimmertrain Magazines.

Johanna has also published three books of poetry: "Late Nights With Wild Cowboys" (2008), which was shortlisted for the Gerald Lampert Award for the best first book of poetry by a Canadian poet; "I Do Not Think That I Could Love a Human Being" (2010), which was short-listed for the 2011 Atlantic Poetry Prize; and "The Description of the World" (2016), her newest collection.

Johanna received her BA in English Literature at the University of Toronto, her MA in English and Creative Writing from Concordia University in Montreal and her PhD in English Literature at the Université de Montréal. She is currently an Assistant Professor of English at the University of Arizona.

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Scheduled events:
Poetry Reading with Emmy Pérez and Johanna Skibsrud
2017 NEA fellowship winner Emmy Pérez reads from her latest collection, "With the River on Our Face,” with UA English professor Johanna Skibsrud, who reads from her book, “The Description of the World.”

Student Union Kiva (Seats 100)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sun, Mar 12, 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Signing area: Sales & Signing Area - Student Union Kiva (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Emmy Pérez, Johanna Skibsrud
Moderator: Kristen Buckles

The Description of the World
Buckrider Books
October 2016
ISBN 9781928088219
Paperback, 100 pages
$18.00, INSTOCK
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"The Description of the World" was the original title for Marco Polo's writings about his travels, but in describing the world, Polo also helped to create it. More/less

Quartet for the End of Time: A Novel
Fiction / Literature
W. W. Norton & Company
November 2015
ISBN 9780393351828
Paperback, 480 pages
$15.95, INSTORE
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A “cinematic . . . page-turner and a compassionate analysis of faith, memory, responsibility, and consequence. 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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