Tucson Festival of Books

Toluse Olorunnipa


Toluse "Tolu" Olorunnipa is the White House Bureau Chief for The Washington Post, and the co-author of "His Name is George Floyd." Covering three presidents, he has reported from five continents with the president's press corps.

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Awards: Peabody Award, George Polk Award, National Book Award finalist, Shaufler Prize

Communities: African American


Scheduled events:
His Name is George Floyd
A landmark biography by two prize-winning Washington Post reporters reveals how systemic racism shaped the life and legacy of George Floyd. From his family’s roots in the tobacco fields of North Carolina, to ongoing inequality in housing, education and health care, Toluse Olorunnipa and Robert Samuels explain how one man’s tragic experience triggered a global movement for change.

Student Union Gallagher Theater (Seats 337)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sat, Mar 4, 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Current Issues / Politics / Social Science
Signing area: Sales & Signing Area - UA BookStore Tent (on Mall) (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Toluse Olorunnipa, Robert Samuels
Moderator: Dan Balz
An Afternoon with the National Book Awards
Join National Book Award finalists Toluse Olorunnipa, Robert Samuel and Jamil Jan Kochai for a cross-genre conversation on capturing the stories that haunt us. This session is being presented in partnership with the National Book Foundation and will be moderated by Natalie Green, the foundation's director of programs.

Koffler Room 204 (Seats 300, Wheelchair accessible)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sat, Mar 4, 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
National Book Awards
Signing area: Sales & Signing Area - UA BookStore Tent (on Mall) (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Jamil Kochai, Toluse Olorunnipa, Robert Samuels
Moderator: Natalie Green
Race Against Racism
"Democracy in Color" is the theme of a podcast by Steve Phillips. The struggle for equality is also central in "They Call Me George Floyd" by Efren Olivares and Toluse Olorunnipa. Today, the three authors will discuss the struggle for real racial equality in the United States. Will we ever be true to our own Pledge of Allegiance, which promises "liberty and justice for all?"

Student Union Gallagher Theater (Seats 337)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sun, Mar 5, 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Current Issues / Politics / Social Science
Signing area: Sales & Signing Area - UA BookStore Tent (on Mall) (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Efrén Olivares, Toluse Olorunnipa, Steve Phillips
Moderator: Lori Poloni-Staudinger

Book:
His Name Is George Floyd
One Man's Life and the Struggle for Racial Justice
Current Issues / Politics / Social Science
Penguin
May 2022
ISBN 9780593490617
432 pages