Tucson Festival of Books

Zahra Marwan (she/her/hers)



Florian Goussin

Zahra Marwan grew up in two deserts -- one close to the sea in Kuwait, the other close to the mountains in New Mexico. She is a fine artist who exhibits extensively and has won international awards and fellowships, including the SCBWI Mentorship Award. She studied the visual arts in France and currently lives in the Barelas neighborhood of Albuquerque, New Mexico. Her first picturebook is "Where Butterflies Fill the Sky."

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Awards: United Nations Minority in Statelessness Award, New York Times/New York Public Library Best Illustrated Book Award, Society of Illustrators Dilys Evans Founder's Award

Communities: Kuwait; New Mexico; speaks on statelessness


Scheduled events:
CATS Friday Fiesta
Creative Arts Teen Summit is a special event for teens, which involves an opening panel followed by writing and illustrating workshops and book signing.

Student Union Gallagher Theater (Seats 337)  View this venue on the Festival map
Fri, Mar 3, 9:00 am - 1:30 pm
Children / Teens
Signing area: Sales & Signing Area - UA BookStore Lower Level (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Claire McFall, Jonathan Case, Sunya Mara, Andrew Maraniss, Zahra Marwan, Magdalena Mora, Sonora Reyes, Ari Tison
Illustrator Studio: Dreams, Emotions, and Memory as Composition
Zahra Marwan's artwork has been described as dreamlike for what she thinks may be a good reason. She spends a lot of time daydreaming, if not vividly night dreaming. She comes from a culture and family where dreams hold a lot of power, where what seems like frivolous memory or detail retain deep meaning, and how honesty and vulnerability through art and personal experience can help discuss topics that otherwise remain buried deep in obscurity. Zahra will give a presentation on the use of symbolism in her picture book spreads, as well as prompts and demonstration on how to excavate these symbols from yourself onto the page.

Education Room 437 (Seats 65, Wheelchair accessible)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sat, Mar 4, 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Children / Teens
Signing area: Signing Area - Children (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelist: Zahra Marwan
Moderators: Seemi Aziz, Ray Martens
Forced Journeys of Fear and Separation
Displacement can lead to forced journeys away from home and from places of belonging. The forced journeys in these books include a family who are stateless and forced to leave Kuwait and the forced deportation of Mexican Americans to Mexico during the 1930s Great Depression. The loss of place leads to a separation from home and journeys of fear.

Education Room 351 (Seats 46, 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: Guadalupe Garcia McCall, Zahra Marwan, Magdalena Mora
Moderator: Seemi Aziz

Book:
Where Butterflies Fill the Sky
A Story of Immigration, Family, and Finding Home
Children / Teens
Bloomsbury USA
March 2022
ISBN 9781547606511
48 pages