Tucson Festival of Books

Kristen Simmons (she/her/hers)

Critically-acclaimed young adult author of more than a dozen books, including the "Article Five" trilogy, "The Deceivers" series, "The Glass Arrow" and "Find Him Where You Left Him Dead," Kristen Simmons' writing is inspired by her work with trauma survivors as a mental health therapist. She lives with her husband and son in Cincinnati, where she spins stories, herds a small pack of semi-wild dogs and teaches Jazzercise.

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Communities: Asian American, Mixed Race

Scheduled events:
Teen Worlds: A Carousel of YA Authors
Meet a bunch of YA authors in 60 minutes and enter teen worlds of fantasy, mystery and complicated relationships. Each author will be seated at a table to talk with a small group about their newest book. Every eight minutes the authors will rotate to a new table in our version of author speed-dating.

Education Kiva 211 (Seats 200)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sun, Mar 10, 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Signing area: Signing Area - Children (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Hafsah Faizal, Ayana Gray, C.A. Gray, Marc J. Gregson, Shelby Mahurin, Samuel Miller, Axie Oh, Kristen Simmons, Amélie Wen Zhao
Moderators: Lauren Freedman, HOLLY JOHNSON
Horror: Malice, Monsters, and Murder
Horror is a major trend in YA and providing both pulse-pounding thrillers and a safe zone for fear and danger. These horror novels include a pan-African adventure of monsters and heroes, a murder mystery in which a Black teen is blamed for the murder of a popular White girl, and a dark portal encounter with the ghost of a friend left for dead.

YA Author Stage (Seats 100)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sun, Mar 10, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Signing area: Sales & Signing Area - Integrated Learning Center (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Ayana Gray, Jumata Emill, Kristen Simmons
Moderator: Sybil Durand

Find Him Where You Left Him Dead
Tor Publishing Group
September 2023
ISBN 9781250851123
272 pages

The Deceivers
Tom Doherty Associates
February 2020
ISBN 9781250175809
400 pages