Tucson Festival of Books

Laurie Lico Albanese



Martha Hines Kolko

Laurie Lico Albanese is an award-winning novelist and journalist. Hester is an Audible Best Book of 2022, an IndieNext and Canadian and American Librarians October 2022 selection, a Gillian Flynn Best Books of Fall 2022, a Book of the Month club selection, and a finalist in the Goodreads Best Books of the Year. Laurie’s novel "Stolen Beauty" was praised by the Wall Street Journal as “a work of art itself.” 

Albanese is a recipient of a Catherine R. Dodge Foundation Visiting Fellowship to the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, a Hadassah-Brandeis Research Award, and a New Jersey State Council of the Arts Fellowship in Fiction Writing. She’s taught literature and writing workshops at Wager College, Stonecoast Summer Writing Program at the University of Southern Maine where she earned her Master's of Fine Arts, and elsewhere. Albanese's novels have been translated into Italian, Spanish, French, German, Portuguese and soon, Croatian. She lives with her husband in Montclair, N.J., where they raised their two grown children.

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Awards: Catherine R. Dodge Foundation Visiting Fellowship to the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts / Hadassah-Brandeis Research Award / New Jersey State Council of the Arts Fellowship in Fiction Writing


Scheduled events:
The Wide, Wild World of Fiction
Bestselling authors Jamie Ford, Laurie Albanese and T. Jefferson Parker have come to the festival with three very different stories featuring three very different women. What drew our authors to these particular people? Why were they important stories to tell? Let's find out!

UA Mall Tent (Seats 250)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sat, Mar 4, 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Multigenre
Signing area: Sales & Signing Area - Central Mall (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Laurie Albanese, Jamie Ford, T. Parker
Moderator: Becky Monroe
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
Inspired By ...
What makes a good story, and why are we drawn to them over and over again? In this session, our three authors will discuss their newest books -- each of which was inspired by some element of history, literature or mythology.

Koffler Room 218 (Seats 142, Wheelchair accessible)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sun, Mar 5, 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Multigenre
Signing area: Sales & Signing Area - UA BookStore Tent (on Mall) (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Laurie Albanese, Scarlett St. Clair, Priscilla Oliveras
Moderator: Hannah Gomez

Books:
Hester
A Novel
Fiction / Literature
St. Martin's Publishing Group
October 2022
ISBN 9781250278555
Hardcover, 336 pages

A vivid reimagining of the woman who inspired The Scarlet Letter, and a journey into the enduring legacy of New England's witchcraft trials. More/less

Stolen Beauty
A Novel
Fiction / Literature
Simon and Schuster
November 2017
ISBN 9781501131998
Trade Paperback, 320 pages

“A powerful and important tale of love and war, art and family…I was transported. More/less