Tucson Festival of Books

Janae Marks (she/her/hers)


Janae Marks is the author of best-seller "From the Desk of Zoe Washington" and "A Soft Place to Land." Her new book is "On Air with Zoe Washington." She graduated from the New School with an MFA in Writing for Children. When she isn't writing fiction, she's spending time with her husband and daughter at home in Connecticut.

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Communities: African American


Scheduled events:
The Politics of Incarceration and the Denial of Human Rights
Incarceration has taken many forms in the U.S., including detention for political purposes that denies people their human rights and dignity. That incarceration includes unjust convictions in the prison system, detention of migrants at the border and the imprisonment of Japanese Americans in WWII.

Education Room 353 (Seats 92, 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

Panelists: Janae Marks, Elizabeth Partridge, Aida Salazar
Moderator: Desirée Cueto
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
Middle Grade Carousel: Challenging the Odds
Meet a bunch of authors in 60 minutes and find out how their characters are challenging the odds in their lives and worlds. Each author will be seated at a table to talk with a small group about their newest book. Every eight minutes the authors will rotate to a new table in our version of author speed-dating.

College of Education Kiva 211 (Seats 200)  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: Franco Aureliani, Kelly J. Baptist, Jonathan Case, Roshani Chokshi, Arnée Flores, Scott Magoon, Janae Marks, Michelle Mohrweis
Moderators: Magdalena Castillo-Cockrum, Caryl Crowell
Hands to Hold: The Journey of Building Community
Being able to hold the hands of family, peers and community members can make the difference in being able to move forward in challenging situations and tasks. Michelle Mohrweis and Donna Barba Higuera set their stories within classrooms, while Kelly Baptist and Janae Marks focus on neighborhood communities that make a difference in children's lives.

Education Room 353 (Seats 92, Wheelchair accessible)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sun, Mar 5, 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Children / Teens
Signing area: Signing Area - Children (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Kelly J. Baptist, Janae Marks, Donna Barba Higuera, Michelle Mohrweis
Moderator: Kim Tomsic

Books:
On Air with Zoe Washington
Children / Teens
Katherine Tegen Books
February 2023
ISBN 9780063212312
304 pages

A Soft Place to Land
Children / Teens
Katherine Tegen Books
January 2023
ISBN 9780062875891
tp, 304 pages