Tucson Festival of Books

Sadeqa Johnson

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Sadeqa Johnson is the award-winning author of "And Then There Was Me," "Second House From the Corner," "Love in a Carry-on Bag" and "Yellow Wife." "Yellow Wife" is a 2022 Hurston/Wright Foundation Legacy nominee, a BCLA Literary Honoree and a Barnes & Noble book club pick in paperback. Her other accolades include winning the National Book Club Conference Award, the Phillis Wheatley Book Award, and the USA Best Book Award for Best Fiction. She is a Kimbilio Fellow and teaches in the M.F.A. program at Drexel University. Originally from Philadelphia, she currently lives near Richmond, Va., with her husband and three children. 

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Awards: National Book Club Award, the Phillis Wheatley Award and the USA Best Book Award for best fiction.

Communities: African American

Scheduled events:
Motherhood & Laborious Times
Jennifer Coburn, Armando Lucas Correa and Sadeqa Johnson come to the festival with stories about mothers and mothers-to-be, each of whom must navigate particularly difficult circumstances -- from fraught race relations to world wars.

Student Union Santa Rita (Seats 110)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sat, Mar 4, 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Fiction / Literature
Signing area: Sales & Signing Area - UA BookStore Tent (on Mall) (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Jennifer Coburn, Armando Lucas Correa, Sadeqa Johnson
Moderator: Ashley Hansen
She Persisted
In this session, Laurie Albanese, Sadeqa Johnson, and Nghi Vo will discuss ways their protagonists refuse to let other people - and social norms - stand in the way of making their dreams a reality.

Modern Languages Room 350 (Seats 318, Wheelchair accessible)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sun, Mar 5, 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Fiction / Literature
Signing area: Sales & Signing Area - Central Mall (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Laurie Albanese, Sadeqa Johnson, Nghi Vo
Moderator: Emily Walsh

The House of Eve
Fiction / Literature
Simon & Schuster
March 2023
ISBN 9781982197360
352 pages

From the award-winning author of Yellow Wife, a daring, beautiful, and redemptive novel that explores what it means to be a woman and a mother, and how much one is willing to sacrifice to achieve her greatest goal. More/less

Yellow Wife
A Novel
Fiction / Literature
Simon and Schuster
December 2021
ISBN 9781982149116
Trade Paperback, 288 pages

A Best Book of the Year by NPR and Christian Science Monitor Called “wholly engrossing” by New York Times bestselling author Kathleen Grissom, this “fully immersive” (Lisa Wingate, #1 bestselling author of Before We Were Yours) story follows an enslaved woman forced to barter love and freedom while living in the most infamous slave jail in Virginia. More/less