Tucson Festival of Books

Rasheed Newson (he/him)



Christopher Marrs

Rasheed Newson is a writer and producer of "Bel-Air," "The Chi," and "Narcos." He currently resides in Pasadena, Calif. with his husband and two children. "My Government Means to Kill Me" is his debut novel.

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Communities: LGBTQ+, African American


Scheduled events:
Heartache and Humor
Three of our favorite authors -- Jonathan Escoffery, Andrew Sean Greer and Rasheed Newson -- discuss how they balance levity and seriousness when writing about challenging topics.

Modern Languages Room 350 (Seats 318, Wheelchair accessible)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sat, Mar 4, 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Fiction / Literature
Signing area: Sales & Signing Area - Central Mall (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Jonathan Escoffery, Andrew Sean Greer, Rasheed Newson
Moderator: Emily Walsh
Rasheed Newson
"My Government Means to Kill Me": Vibrant, humorous, and fraught with entanglements, Rasheed Newson's My Government Means to Kill Me is an exhilarating, fast-paced coming-of-age story that lends itself to a larger discussion about what it means for a young gay Black man in the mid-1980s to come to terms with his role in the midst of a political and social reckoning.

Mostly Books, Booth #241 (Seats 1)
Sat, Mar 4, 1:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Fiction / Literature

Author: Rasheed Newson
When Politics Get Personal
Authors Jamil Kochai, Rasheed Newson, and Alejandro Varela will discuss how they use fiction to humanize and comment on historical events and current social issues.

Student Union Tucson Room (Seats 110)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sun, Mar 5, 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Fiction / Literature
Signing area: Sales & Signing Area - UA BookStore Tent (on Mall) (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Jamil Kochai, Rasheed Newson, Alejandro Varela
Moderator: Kirssa Cline Ryckman

Book:
My Government Means to Kill Me
A Novel
Fiction / Literature
Flatiron Books
August 2022
ISBN 9781250833525
288 pages