Tucson Festival of Books

Juan Martinez


Juan Martinez is the author of "Best Worst American," a story collection published by Small Beer Press and the winner of the Neukom Institute Award for Debut Speculative Fiction. He lives near Chicago and is an associate professor at Northwestern University. His work has appeared in many literary journals and anthologies, including McSweeney’s, Huizache, Ecotone, Glimmer Train, Shenandoah, NPR’s Selected Shorts, Mississippi Review, NIGHTMARE and elsewhere.

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Awards: Neukom Award

Communities: Hispanic or Latinx


Scheduled events:
Workshop: Infusing Humor, Horror, Joy
We neglect the importance of affect when working on our drafts. We build characters, we engage imagery and plot and language, but we forget to exploit the comic or horrific possibilities in what we're building. In this session, we'll explore how to tune a piece so that it's funnier, scarier, or sadder.

UA Main Library 254/Main Floor (Seats 50, Wheelchair accessible)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sat, Mar 4, 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Nuestras Raices
Signing area: Sales & Signing Area - Integrated Learning Center (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelist: Juan Martinez
That Got Weird
In this session, Juan Martinez and Ander Monson will chat about finding and deploying horror and science fiction tropes in unexpected places. Moderator Matt Bell is pretty good at that himself!

Student Union Kachina (Seats 100)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sun, Mar 5, 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Multigenre
Signing area: Sales & Signing Area - UA BookStore Tent (on Mall) (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Juan Martinez, Ander Monson
Moderator: Matt Bell
Que Susto: What a Fright!
These authors take you on a roller-coaster ride of terror, horror, and fright. Hold on to your seats!

Nuestras Raíces Stage (Seats 150)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sun, Mar 5, 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Nuestras Raices
Signing area: Pima County Public Library/Nuestras Raíces/Craft Tent & Signing Area (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Ramona Emerson, Juan Martinez, Silvia Moreno-Garcia
Moderator: Megan Hellwig

Books:
Extended Stay
Sci-Fi / Fantasy / Horror

January 2023
ISBN 9780816547975

Best Worst American
Stories
Fiction / Literature
Small Beer Press
January 2017
ISBN 9781618731241
198 pages