Tucson Festival of Books

Alexis Daria (she/her)

Alexis Daria is an award-winning and bestselling romance author. Her debut novel, "Take the Lead," was a RITA Award winner for Best First Book, and "You Had Me at Hola," the first book in her Primas of Power series, is an international bestseller. Alexis’s books have been featured on several “Best of” lists from outlets like Oprah Magazine, Entertainment Weekly, NPR, Buzzfeed, and the Washington Post, and have received starred reviews from trade publications like Publishers Weekly, Kirkus, and Library Journal. A former visual artist, Daria is a lifelong New Yorker who loves Broadway musicals and pizza.

Visit website

Communities: Hispanic or Latinx

Scheduled events:
Hot Off The Press!
Book launch party exclusively for Sponsors and Friends of the Festival!

Student Union South Ballroom (Seats 200, Wheelchair accessible)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sat, Mar 4, 8:30 am - 9:30 am

Panelists: Cara Black, Laura Cathcart Robbins, Alexis Daria, Sean Doolittle, J. A. Jance, Alex Prud'homme, Alan K. Rode, Will Schwalbe, Joanna Schwartz, Ari Tison
It's Showtime
There's something magical about stories describing people who live for the stage. Romance makes them sparkle and shine! Let's learn what draws these three authors to write about performers again and again!

Student Union Santa Rita (Seats 110)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sat, Mar 4, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Signing area: Sales & Signing Area - UA BookStore Tent (on Mall) (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Alexis Daria, Jen DeLuca, Priscilla Oliveras
Moderator: Hannah Gomez
Charros, Brujas, y Amor
Through their work, these romance authors show us love is never easy, especially when a meddling familia is involved.

Nuestras Raíces Stage (Seats 150)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sun, Mar 5, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Signing area: Pima County Public Library/Nuestras Raíces/Craft Tent & Signing Area (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Alexis Daria, Angelina Lopez, Priscilla Oliveras
Moderator: Liana de la Rosa

Take the Lead
A Dance Off Novel
St. Martin's Publishing Group
February 2023
ISBN 9781250817969
368 pages

You Had Me at Hola
A Novel
HarperCollins Publishers
January 2020
ISBN 9780062959928
384 pages