Tucson Festival of Books

Nick Brooks (he/him/his)



Dante Bailey

Nick Brooks is an author and award-winning filmmaker from Washington, D.C. He is a 2020 graduate of the University of Southern California's TV and Film Production program. His short film, "Hoop Dreamin'," earned him the George Lucas Scholar Award and was a finalist in the Forbes 30 Under 30 Film Fest. He is currently in development for his first feature film, "We Were Born Kings," with Mandalay Pictures. Before becoming a filmmaker, Brooks was an educator working with at-risk youth and many of his stories are colored by his experiences with the children and families of his community. He is the author of "Promise Boys" and "Nothing Interesting Ever Happens to Ethan Fairmont."

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Scheduled events:
School as a Place of Opportunity and Oppression
High school might be viewed by some as a place ripe with opportunity, but what is often overlooked is that schools are also places where teens face oppression and discrimination due to their skin color, their gender and their social class. Nick Brooks, Alexene Farol Follmuth and Nick Brooks portray school as places of both pain and connection with peers.

Teen & Author Stage (Seats 105)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sat, Mar 4, 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Children / Teens
Signing area: Sales & Signing Area - Integrated Learning Center (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Nick Brooks, Melissa de la Cruz, Alexene Farol Follmuth
Moderator: Carole Schmidt
Teen Worlds: A Carousel of Young Adult Authors
Meet a bunch of YA authors in 60 minutes and enter teen worlds of fantasy, mystery and complicated relationships. Each author will be seated at a table to talk with a small group about their newest book. Every eight minutes the authors will rotate to a new table in our version of author speed-dating.

College of Education Kiva 211 (Seats 200)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sun, Mar 5, 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Children / Teens
Signing area: Signing Area - Children (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Nick Brooks, Alexene Farol Follmuth, Kathleen Glasgow, E. Lockhart, Sofia Lapuente, Kami Larsen, Liz Lawson, Sunya Mara, Jarrod Shusterman, Ibi Zoboi
Moderators: Marie LeJeune, Tracy Smiles
Social Thrillers: Confronting Influence and Power
Social thrillers engage readers in high-octane action within the context of social justice issues. In these books, teens deal with power and influence and work to reveal and challenge injustice. Nick Brooks and Ari Tison uncover inequity in the treatment of teen boys of color within school context and Brittney Morris follows a group of teens working to save their community.

Teen & Author Stage (Seats 105)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sun, Mar 5, 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Children / Teens
Signing area: Sales & Signing Area - Integrated Learning Center (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Nick Brooks, Brittney Morris, Ari Tison
Moderator: Julie Andrews

Books:
Promise Boys
Children / Teens
Henry Holt and Company (BYR)
January 2023
ISBN 9781250866974
304 pages

Nothing Interesting Ever Happens to Ethan Fairmont
Children / Teens
Sterling Publishing Company, Incorporated
October 2022
ISBN 9781454945574
240 pages