Tucson Festival of Books

Elizabeth Crook (She/Her)



Kenny Braun

Nancy and John Stubblefield

Elizabeth Crook, a recipient of the prestigious Texas Writer Award, has lived most of her life in Texas, where the landscapes have served as both backdrop and muse for her writing. She has skillfully woven together narratives that interlace historical events and richly drawn characters, creating a tapestry of compelling storytelling. Crook's novels, such as "The Night Journal," which received the Spur Award from Western Writers of America; "Monday, Monday" a Kirkus Reviews Best Book of the Year and recipient of the Jesse H. Jones Award for Fiction and "The Which Way Tree," currently in development for film, resonate with readers for their profound exploration of human resilience and the complexities of life's twists and turns. Her most recent novel, “The Madstone,” is both a riveting road novel and poignant love story. Set in reconstruction era Texas, it captures the tale of a pregnant mother, her child and the young man who helps them flee across Texas from violent outlaws. Marked by meticulous research and an innate ability to breathe life into her characters, Crook's writing continues to enchant and captivate audiences.

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Awards: Spur Award for previous book, Willa Award for two previous books, Jesse H Jones Award for previous book, Texas Writer Award from The Texas Book Festival


Scheduled events:
SC Gwynne in Conversation
The bestselling author of "Empire of the Summer Moon" and "Hymns of the Republic" discusses his latest book, "His Majesty's Airship," and the craft of writing popular history.

UA Library/Special Collections (Seats 110)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sat, Mar 9, 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
History / Biography
Signing area: Sales & Signing Area - Integrated Learning Center (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelist: S.C. Gwynne
Moderator: Elizabeth Crook
The West in Fact and Fiction
Historian Chris Wimmer, journalist Will Grant, and novelist Elizabeth Crook explore the reality and romance of the Old West. The dramatic events of America's centennial year, the adventures of a modern-day pony express rider, and an epic tale of frontier flight and pursuit testify to its persistent claim on the modern imagination.

UA Library/Special Collections (Seats 110)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sun, Mar 10, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
History / Biography
Signing area: Sales & Signing Area - Integrated Learning Center (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Elizabeth Crook, Will Grant, Chris Wimmer
Moderator: Heidi Osselaer
Journey to the Past: Bringing History to the Pages
Authors Elizabeth Crook, Laura McNeal, Denene Millner and Elizabeth Silver bring history onto the page ... with all the good, bad and ugly that comes along the way. Delve into the past and gain a glimmer of a different time with atmospheric and rich new stories.

Koffler Room 218 (Seats 142, Wheelchair accessible)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sun, Mar 10, 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Fiction / Literature
Signing area: Sales & Signing Area - UA BookStore Tent (on Mall) (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Elizabeth Crook, Laura McNeal, Denene Millner, Elizabeth Silver
Moderator: Rae Goodnight

Books:
The Madstone
Fiction / Literature
Little Brown
November 2023
ISBN 9780316564342
288 pages
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The Which Way Tree
Fiction / Literature
Little, Brown
February 2019
ISBN 9780316434942
Paperback, 288 pages

The poignant odyssey of a tenacious young girl who braves the dangers of the Texas frontier to avenge her mother's death. More/less