Torran Ian Anderson

For over twenty years, Torran Anderson has worked in the field of education in different capacities: teacher, researcher, classroom presenter, curriculum developer and education publishing editor. He received his master's degree in international education and is certified to teach English as a foreign language from University of Arizona’s Center for English as a Foreign Language. Throughout these various roles, one constant has been a search for engaging books and resources for students, as writing fiction and nonfiction is one of Torran's greatest passions. In the over fifty books he has published, he works to bring each subject alive, whether it is a butterfly's life cycle or a troll ravaging a department store. 

Anderson is interested in traditionally printed books as well as emerging storytelling avenues. The Earth Day Carol app was written while developing a new recycling education program and wanting to find a way to explore the topic of reduce, reuse, recycle in a fun way. With over 100,000 downloads in the US app store, Earth Day Carol has been enthusiastically embraced by Best Apps for Kids, Techwithkids, Green Teacher magazine and USA

Torran loves using storytelling, photography and writing as a tool for self-exploration and investigation of environmental issues. He has designed workshops and programs about creative writing, reading, digital storytelling, memoir, revision, poetry and myths/fables. 

His newest novel is "Piñata Moon," a book that explores the complex issue of teen suicide and the effects it can have on the people left behind. 

PiƱata Moon
Children / Teens
Look Out Behind You Books
April 2019
ISBN 9781733780902
The author will make this book available for sale at the Author Pavilion during the Festival.

Named Sponsors

Arizona Daily Star
University of Arizona

Presenting Sponsors

Tucson Medical Center

Major Sponsors

Friends of the Festival
Pima County Public Library
Stocker Foundation
University of Arizona BookStores
University of Arizona - Facilities Management
Western National Parks Association
William & Mary Ross Foundation

Key Sponsors

Arizona Party Rental Companies
Arizona Wholesale Supply
Early Childhood Learning is Essential
Marshall Foundation
Tucson Electric Power Co.

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