Tucson Festival of Books

David Bowles (he/him/his)


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David Bowles is a Mexican American author and translator from South Texas. Among his multiple award-winning titles are "The Sea-Ringed World: Sacred Stories of the Americas," "Feathered Serpent, Dark Heart of Sky: Myths of Mexico," " Flower, Song, Dance: Aztec and Maya Poetry" and "Ancient Night." His latest book is "The Prince and the Coyote." Bowles presently serves as the vice president of the Texas Institute of Letters.

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Awards: Pura Belpré Award, Tomás Rivera Mexican American Children's Book Award; Batchelder Honor Award; Walter Dean Myers Honor Book for Outstanding Children’s Literature; Claudia Lewis Award for Excellence in Poetry

Communities: LGBTQ+, Hispanic or Latinx

Scheduled events:
Resilience Rising: Navigating Violence & Loss
Violence and loss can lead to despair, but can also build the resilience needed to not only survive but to grow in resistance and strength as a person. These YA novels go across time and place, with Elana Arnold's "The Blood Years" set during the Holocaust in Romania and David Bowles' "The Prince and the Coyote" set in 1418 among the Nahuatl in Mexico. Cherie Dimaline's "The Marrow Thieves" is a future dystopia of Indigenous peoples set in Canada.

YA Author Stage (Seats 100)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sat, Mar 9, 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Signing area: Sales & Signing Area - Integrated Learning Center (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Elana K. Arnold, David Bowles, Cherie Dimaline
Moderator: Sybil Durand
Cuentos for Kids: Presenting the Américas Award
The Américas Award was founded to “encourage and commend authors, illustrators and publishers who produce quality children’s and young adult books that portray Latin America, the Caribbean, or Latinx cultures in the United States.” Listen to a discussion between three storytellers who are Américas Award winners or honorees.

Nuestras Raíces Stage (Seats 150)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sat, Mar 9, 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Signing area: Pima County Public Library/Nuestras Raíces/Craft Tent & Signing Area (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: David Bowles, Donna Higuera, John Parra
Moderator: Jessica Ramirez-Perea
David Bowles Shares "Ancient Night"
Enjoy a story read aloud by an author as David Bowles shares his new book, "Ancient Night."

Story Blanket Tent (Seats 12)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sun, Mar 10, 11:30 am - 12:00 pm

Panelist: David Bowles
Moderator: Sherry Small

The Prince and the Coyote
Levine Querido
September 2023
ISBN 9781646141777
440 pages
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Ancient Night
Levine Querido
March 2023
ISBN 9781646142514
40 pages