Tucson Festival of Books

Amina Akhtar (She/her)


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Amina Akhtar is a former fashion writer and editor. Her satirical first novel, "#FashionVictim," drew rave reviews and acclaim and was covered in the Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Martha Stewart Living, Entertainment Weekly, Fashionista, Book Riot, CrimeReads and more. Akhtar’s new book, "Kismet," takes on the world of wellness and all the crystals that go with it. The second novel of the #OwnVoices series is set in Sedona, Ariz., where nature is just as much a character as anyone else. Her upcoming book, "Almost Surely Dead" releases in 2024 and is part psychological thriller, part stalker thriller and part ghost story. 

Akhtar has worked at Vogue, Elle, The New York Times and New York Magazine, where she was the founding editor of a women’s blog called "The Cut." She has written for numerous publications, including Yahoo Style, Fashionista, xoJane, Refinery29, Billboard and more. She currently lives not too far from the Sedona vortexes. 

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Awards: CWOC — Crime Writers of Color

Communities: Arizona Author, Asian American


Scheduled events:
Fake True Crime
America’s true crime obsession turns deadly in these novels, but can they figure out whodunit?

Integrated Learning Center Room 150 (Seats 155, Wheelchair accessible)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sat, Mar 9, 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Mystery / Thrillers
Signing area: Sales & Signing Area - Integrated Learning Center (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Amina Akhtar, Kate Brody, Nina Simon
Moderator: Holly Rosen
Edge of Your Seat
Three writers talk about their mysteries that elevate your blood pressure. Sedatives not included.

Student Union Tucson Room (Seats 110)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sun, Mar 10, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Mystery / Thrillers
Signing area: Sales & Signing Area - UA BookStore Tent (on Mall) (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Amina Akhtar, Margot Douaihy, Joshua Moehling
Moderator: Rosemary Simpson

Books:
Almost Surely Dead
Mystery / Thrillers
Amazon Publishing
February 2024
ISBN 9781662507588
302 pages

Kismet
A Thriller
Mystery / Thrillers
Amazon Publishing
August 2022
ISBN 9781542034258
tp, 319 pages