Tucson Festival of Books

Daniel Nayeri (he/him/his)


Daniel Nayeri was born in Iran and spent a couple of years as a refugee before immigrating to Oklahoma at age eight with his family. His autobiographical novel, "Everything Sad is Untrue" (a true story) was the winner of the Michael L. Printz Award, the Christopher Medal and the Middle Eastern Book Award. He is a former publisher, editor and pastry chef. He lives with his wife and son in an Airstream in one of America's great National Parks. His new book is "The Many Assassinations of Samir, the Seller of Dreams." 

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Awards: Printz Award

Communities: Middle Eastern


Scheduled events:
A Call to Adventure: Allies and Enemies
Join in for high-octane action where the characters encounter allies who support their journeys and enemies who stand in their way. Whether adventures of fantasy or history, join these authors and their characters in journeys to the moon, magical kingdoms, and the Silk Road to experience fast-paced action and heart-squeezing adventures.

Education Room 353 (Seats 92, Wheelchair accessible)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sat, Mar 4, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Children / Teens
Signing area: Signing Area - Children (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Franco Aureliani, Arnée Flores, Daniel Nayeri
Moderator: Michelle Mohrweis
Stories within Stories: Mining Memory
Authors mine their memories to uncover stories within the stories of their lives. Memoir can take a range of forms from intergenerational connections to family memories to embedded folklore in the telling of their lives. These books creatively play with the memoir format.

Education Room 353 (Seats 92, Wheelchair accessible)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sat, Mar 4, 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Children / Teens
Signing area: Signing Area - Children (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Monica Brown, Daniel Nayeri, Andrea Wang
Moderator: Jana Maiuri
A Conversation with Daniel Nayeri
The Middle Reading Ambassadors invite readers to a conversation with Daniel Nayeri around his new novel, "The Many Assassinations of Samir, the Seller of Dreams," about an exciting journey along the Silk Road of a con artist.

Education Room 351 (Seats 46, Wheelchair accessible)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sun, Mar 5, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Children / Teens
Signing area: Signing Area - Children (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelist: Daniel Nayeri
Moderator: Rebecca Ballenger

Books:
The Many Assassinations of Samir, the Seller of Dreams
Children / Teens
Levine Querido
March 2023
ISBN 9781646143030

Everything Sad Is Untrue
(A True Story)
Children / Teens
Levine Querido
August 2020
ISBN 9781646140008
368 pages