Tucson Festival of Books

Ramona Emerson



Ungelbah Davila Shivers

Ramona Emerson is a Diné writer and filmmaker originally from Tohatchi, N.M. She has a bachelor’s in Media Arts from the University of New Mexico and a Masters of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from the Institute of American Indian Arts. After starting in forensic videography, she embarked upon a career as a filmmaker, photographer, writer and editor. She is an Emmy nominee, a Sundance Native Lab Fellow, a Time-Warner Storyteller Fellow, a Tribeca All-Access Grantee and a WGBH Producer Fellow. In 2020, Emerson was appointed to the Governor’s Council on Film and Media Industries for the State of New Mexico. She currently resides in Albuquerque, N.M., where she and her husband, the producer Kelly Byars, run their production company Reel Indian Pictures. "Shutter" is her first novel.

Visit website | Facebook Twitter

Awards: National Book Award

Communities: Indigenous or Native American


Scheduled events:
Twisty Tales
There's always a twist in tales told by T. Jefferson Parker, John Sandford and Wanda Morris. Today they'll give it to us straight: How do they think of these things?

UA BookStore (Seats 150)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sat, Mar 4, 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Mystery / Thrillers
Signing area: Sales & Signing Area - UA BookStore Lower Level (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: John Sandford, Wanda Morris, T. Parker
Moderator: Ramona Emerson
Haunting Stories
The world we may not see is often scarier than the one we know. Just ask Ramona Emerson, Charlaine Harris and Silvia Moreno-Garcia. Each comes to the festival with a book that visits a world beyond. Come join in! We promise to leave the lights on.

Student Union North Ballroom (Seats 560)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sat, Mar 4, 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Multigenre
Signing area: Sales & Signing Area - Rincon Room (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Ramona Emerson, Charlaine Harris, Silvia Moreno-Garcia
Moderator: Karen Odden
Southwest Books of the Year
One of Tucson's oldest literary traditions is the annual set of reading recommendations called "Southwest Books of the Year," a list introduced 40 years ago by the Arizona Daily Star. The program is now managed by the Pima County Public Library. This session will feature five authors whose books were listed as 2022 Southwest Books of the Year!

UA Library - Special Collections (Seats 110)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sun, Mar 5, 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Southwest Books of the Year
Signing area: Sales & Signing Area - Integrated Learning Center (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Ramona Emerson, Bojan Louis, Lydia Millet, Dan Stuart, Javier Zamora
Moderator: Gregory McNamee
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

Book:
Shutter
Mystery / Thrillers
Soho Press
January 2022
ISBN 9781641293334
312 pages