Tucson Festival of Books

Adiba U. Nelson

Kathleen Dreier Photography

Adiba Nelson is the author of "Ain't That A Mother," the memoir that Essence, Bustle, Ms. Magazine and Shondaland all hailed as a "must read," and the subject of the Emmy-winning documentary, "The Full Nelson." She is also a retired burlesque performer, disability rights advocate/activist, freelance journalist and very tired mom!

In 2013, she wrote and self-published her first children's book, "Meet ClaraBelle Blue" after not being able to find a children's book that adequately and appropriately represented her daughter (disabled, Black). Since then Nelson has led numerous workshops and given keynote addresses around the country for parents, educators and education professionals/paraprofessionals, focusing on DEIA from a disability perspective.

In 2017, Nelson delivered her first TEDx talk (Skating Downhil: The Art of Claiming Your Life) to a sold-out crowd, and has since joined the NPR-affiliate Arizona Public Media as a regular contributor on Arizona Spotlight, spoken at the Smithsonin Institute National Museum of Afrian American History and Culture, and led a memoir master class in sunny San Juan, Puerto Rico, at the request of the poet dubbed the "Maya Angelou of the Millennial Generation," Azure Antoinette.

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Awards: Royal Dragonfly Award - Children's Book:Speial Needs

Communities: Arizona Author, Tucsonan, LGBTQ+, African American, Hispanic or Latinx, Person with a Disability, Parent of a child with a disabiity

Scheduled events:
Speaking Your Own Truth
In this session, authors Adiba Nelson, Patricia Grayhall and Laura Cathcart Robbins will share share their own life journeys, and where they discovered self-worth, inner strength, acceptance and understanding.

Koffler Room 218 (Seats 142, Wheelchair accessible)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sat, Mar 4, 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Memoir / Essays / Creative Nonfiction
Signing area: Sales & Signing Area - UA BookStore Tent (on Mall) (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Laura Cathcart Robbins, Patricia Grayhall, Adiba Nelson
Moderator: Ann Boland
Chillona Pero Chingona
Authors and mujeres luchonas share their stories of resiliency, identity and getting it done.

Nuestras Raíces Stage (Seats 150)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sun, Mar 5, 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Nuestras Raices
Signing area: Pima County Public Library/Nuestras Raíces/Craft Tent & Signing Area (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Adiba Nelson, Yasmín Ramírez, Erika Sánchez
Moderator: Brie Chillious

Ain't That a Mother
Postpartum, Palsy, and Everything in Between
Memoir / Essays / Creative Nonfiction
Blackstone Publishing
May 2022
ISBN 9781799932260
246 pages