Tucson Festival of Books

Laird Hunt



Eva Sikelianos Hunt

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Laird Hunt is recognized for his distinctive blend of literary styles, historical fiction and his exploration of complex themes. Born in Singapore and raised in Indiana, Hunt's diverse background has had a profound influence on his work, resulting in an array of thought-provoking narratives that span genres. Hunt released two books in 2023, the first is a collection of essays, "This Wide Terraqueous World," and the second is a rerelease of his second novel, “Indiana, Indiana.” A linked story collection, "Float Up, Sing Down," will appear in early 2024. His past notable novels, including "Neverhome," "The Evening Road” and "Zorrie" showcase his exceptional storytelling prowess, often delving into the intricacies of identity, memory and human connection. With a unique ability to transport readers to bygone eras and challenge preconceptions, Hunt continues to be a prominent figure in contemporary American literature, delivering works that captivate and provoke contemplation.

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Awards: Anisfield-Wolf Book Award for fiction, Grand Prix de Littérature Américaine, Bridge Prize, National Book Award for Fiction (Finalist), Pen/Faulkner Award (Finalist)


Scheduled events:
Fictional Landscapes
In this exploration of literary craft, these writers will unveil the secrets behind their masterful storytelling, where vivid settings come to life, transporting readers to places rich with atmosphere and intrigue. Join us for an insightful journey into the art of world-building through words and discover the magic of fiction that engulfs and engages the senses.

Student Union Sabino (Seats 87)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sat, Mar 9, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Fiction / Literature
Signing area: Sales & Signing Area - UA BookStore Tent (on Mall) (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Jeffrey Blount, Kate Christensen, Laird Hunt
Moderator: Bridget Wade Radcliff
The Art of the Short Story
This panel delves into the enchanting world of short stories with three extraordinary authors: Karen Brennan, Laird Hunt and Aaliyah Bilah. there is an art to crafting compact narratives. Whether you're an avid reader, an aspiring writer, or simply curious about the magic behind these miniature masterpieces, this panel offers a unique opportunity to unravel the secrets behind a compelling short story.

Student Union Santa Rita (Seats 110)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sun, Mar 10, 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Fiction / Literature
Signing area: Sales & Signing Area - UA BookStore Tent (on Mall) (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Aaliyah Bilal, Laird Hunt
Moderator: Bridget Wade Radcliff

Books:
Float Up, Sing Down
Fiction / Literature
Bloomsbury USA
February 2024
ISBN 9781639730100
224 pages

Zorrie
Fiction / Literature
Bloomsbury USA
November 2022
ISBN 9781635578430
176 pages