Alice Lichtenstein comes to Tucson, Ariz. from Oneonta, N.Y., where she teaches fiction and poetry writing at Hartwick College. Her latest novel, "The Crime of Being," was recently nominated for the Pulitzer Prize in Fiction. The novel, set in a picture-perfect village in Northern New York, concerns the aftermath of a violent hate crime against the only black student in the high school. Told through several viewpoints, TCOB examines the intersection of class, race, and identity, and the ways that a small town participates in bias despite its intentions. Lichtenstein's previous book was "Lost," which became a finalist for the Dublin Literary Award.