Tucson Festival of Books

Alice Faye Duncan (she/her/hers)


Alice Faye Duncan writes historical fiction to help children remember moments in history that will bolster their courage and determination. Her latest picture books include "Yellow Dog Blues" illustrated by Caldecott artist, Chris Raschka, and "Evicted—The Struggle for the Right to Vote," which is a Junior Library Guild Selection. Duncan is a National Board Educator. She lives in Memphis, Tenn. —that big river city famous for Graceland, blues music and barbecue.

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Awards: 2019 Coretta Scott King Honor Medal for Illustrations

Communities: African American


Scheduled events:
Hope and Resilience to Resist Despair
The despair that grows out of injustice and difficult life situations can lead to hopelessness and inaction or can be the impetus to take action. The characters in these books actively resist despair through commitment to hope and a resilience that facilitates their movement to new possibilities.

Education Room 351 (Seats 46, 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: Kelly J. Baptist, Alice Faye Duncan, Janae Marks
Moderator: Holly Johnson
Behind the Scenes: What's the Deal with Back Matter?
Many new fiction and nonfiction children's books include extensive back matter that include explanations about the content, descriptions of research and illustrating processes, maps, charts, sources and epilogues. This trend has the potential to deepen and extend a reader's experience and helps readers explore the interpretive act of writing even in a nonfiction text.

Education Room 333 (Seats 44, 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: Alice Faye Duncan, Cat Winters, Emma Bland Smith
Moderator: Lisa Morris-Wilkey

Books:
Evicted!
The Struggle for the Right to Vote
Children / Teens
Astra Publishing House
January 2022
ISBN 9781684379798
64 pages

Memphis, Martin, and the Mountaintop
The Sanitation Strike of 1968
Children / Teens
Astra Publishing House
August 2018
ISBN 9781629797182
40 pages