Tucson Festival of Books

Riley Black (she/her)

Riley Black

Riley Black has been a fossil fanatic since the time she was knee-high to a Stegosaurus. Her evolution into a science writer and amateur paleontologist was only natural. Based in Salt Lake City, Utah, right in the center of dinosaur country, she chases tales of vanished lives from museum collections to remote badlands. 

A prolific writer, Black wrote her popular Laelaps blog for publications such as WIRED, National Geographic and Scientific American for more than a decade. Her fossil-filled tweets have led Business Insider to call her one of the top "science social media wizards" and HLN to dub her one of "Twitter's 8 coolest geeks", as well, and she was the host of Parallax Film’s Dinologue. And in a childhood dream come true, Black was also hired to be the "resident paleontologist" for "Jurassic World." In 2022, she also appeared as part of the NOVA documentaries “Alaskan Dinosaurs” and “Dinosaur Apocalypse.”

Black also freelances for a variety of publications-- from National Geographic to Slate-- and has written ten books in as many years. Her latest titles include the coffee table book "Deep Time" and "The Last Days of the Dinosaurs" with St. Martin’s Press, a scientifically-inspired narrative of how the Age of Dinosaurs ended and the Age of Mammals began. 

Communities: LGBTQ+, Gender Nonconforming, Person with a Disability

Scheduled events:
The World of Dinosaurs
Dinosaurs have fascinated us for hundreds of years. In this session, authors Riley Black and David Randall will share insights into the dinosaurs' final days ... and how the T. Rex was eventually discovered.

Science City - Main Stage (Seats 195)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sat, Mar 4, 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Science / Medicine / Technology
Signing area: Sales & Signing Area - Science City (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Riley Black, David Randall
Moderator: Bryan Nelson
Chasing Extinction
Three leading writers discuss what it takes to tell the story when the main characters no longer walk the earth.

National Parks Experience (Seats 146)
Sat, Mar 4, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Nature / Environment / Outdoor Adventure
Signing area: Sales & Signing Area - Science City (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Riley Black, Dan Flores, Mike Stark
Moderator: Advait Jukar

The Last Days of the Dinosaurs
An Asteroid, Extinction, and the Beginning of Our World
Science / Medicine / Technology
St. Martin's Publishing Group
April 2022
ISBN 9781250271044
304 pages
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Did You See That Dinosaur?
Search the Page, Find the Dinosaur in a Fact-Filled Adventure
Children / Teens
September 2020
ISBN 9781641527064
56 pages