Tucson Festival of Books

Jonathan Escoffery

Cola Casados

Jonathan Escoffery is the author of the linked story collection, "If I Survive You," a New York Times Editor's Choice, an IndieNext Pick, and a National Bestseller. "If I Survive You" has been long-listed for the National Book Award, the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence, the Aspen Words Literary Prize, and is a finalist for the Southern Book Prize and the California Bookseller Alliance’s Golden Poppy Award. It has been praised by The New Yorker, The New York Times, NPR, Entertainment Weekly, People, Oprah Daily, GQ, Good Morning America online, Apple Books, Goodreads, Booklist, Vox, BuzzFeed, Vulture, L.A. Times, Shondaland, TIME, The Root, Vanity Fair, Kirkus, The Millions, BET, O Quarterly Magazine, Real Simple and elsewhere. Escoffery is a Wallace Stegner Fellow in the Creative Writing Program at Stanford University. 

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Awards: National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, Plimpton Prize for Fiction, ASME Award for Fiction

Communities: 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
And So It Begins
Jonathan Escoffery, Kate Folk, and Caroline Frost all come to the festival with critically acclaimed, bestselling debut books. How did they do it? Where did they begin? Today, they will discuss their own journeys and the books that brought them to Tucson.

Student Union Kachina (Seats 100)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sun, Mar 5, 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: Jonathan Escoffery, Kate Folk, Caroline Frost
Moderator: Jenny Carrillo

If I Survive You
Fiction / Literature
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
September 2022
ISBN 9780374605988
272 pages

"If I Survive You is a collection of connected short stories that reads like a novel, that reads like real life, that reads like fiction written at the highest level. More/less