Tucson Festival of Books

Linda Sue Park (she/her/hers)


Linda Sue Park is the author of many books for young readers, including the 2002 Newbery Medal winner "A Single Shard" and the New York Times bestseller "A Long Walk to Water." Her most recent titles are "The One Thing You'd Save," a collection of linked poems, and "You Are Here: Connecting Flights." Park is the founder and curator of Allida Books, an imprint of HarperCollins. She serves on the advisory boards of We Need Diverse Books and the Rabbit hOle museum project, and created the kiBooka website to highlight children’s books created by the Korean diaspora.

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Awards: Newbery Medal

Communities: Asian American


Scheduled events:
A New Publishing Opportunity to Spotlight Authors from Marginalized Communities
A conversation with Linda Sue Park about her new imprint, Allida, with HarperCollins. This imprint focuses on publishing books that encourage writers and artists from marginalized communities to explore the stories they are most passionate about and to craft narratives that defy expectations. Park's focus is on stories and voices from outside the dominant culture to give readers a richer understanding of our shared and complex world. This conversation focuses on the new imprint and the first books being published.

Education Room 333 (Seats 44, Wheelchair accessible)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sat, Mar 4, 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Children / Teens
Signing area: Signing Area - Children (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelist: Linda Sue Park
Moderator: Dorea Kleker
Winning the Newbery: A Life-Changing Experience
Winning the Newbery award for the best written book of the year in the U.S. is a major life accomplishment--but what happens after winning the award? Lois Lowery, Katherine Applegate, Linda Sue Park and Donna Barba Higuera talk about why they think their book won the award and how the award has influenced their careers as creators of books for children. Their Newbery books include "Number the Stars," "The Giver," "The One and Only Ivan," "A Single Chard" and "The Last Cuentista."

College of Education Kiva 211 (Seats 200)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sat, Mar 4, 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Children / Teens
Signing area: Signing Area - Children (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Katherine Applegate, Lois Lowry, Donna Barba Higuera, Linda Sue Park
Moderator: Moanike'ala Kanae
Living Your Truth as Activists and Authors
Authors often take a stance of activism in the decisions they make about whose stories they choose to tell but that activism can take many forms both inside and outside of the world of children's books. Three authors who live their truths as activists will talk about the many ways in which this activism has led them to make decisions about supporting other authors and illustrators, writing and speaking about social issues and engaging in work with social justice organizations.

College of Education Kiva 211 (Seats 200)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sun, Mar 5, 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Children / Teens
Signing area: Signing Area - Children (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Saadia Faruqi, Linda Sue Park, Aida Salazar
Moderator: Carol Brochin

Books:
You Are Here: Connecting Flights
Children / Teens
HarperCollins Publishers
March 2023
ISBN 9780063239081
272 pages

The One Thing You'd Save
Children / Teens
CLARION BOOKS
February 2023
ISBN 9780358697275
80 pages