Tucson Festival of Books

Aida Salazar (she/her/hers)



Lluvia Higuera

Aida Salazar is an award-winning author and arts activist whose writings for adults and children explore issues of identity and social justice. She is the author of the critically acclaimed middle grade verse novels "The Moon Within," "Land of the Cranes" and "A Seed in the Sun" as well as the picture book anthology "In the Spirit of a Dream: 13 Stories of American Immigrants of Color." Her forthcoming books include the picture book biography "Jovita Wore Pants: The Story of a Mexican Freedom Fighter" and the middle grade anthology "Calling the Moon: 16 Period Stories from BIPOC Authors." Salazar is a founding member of LAS MUSAS—a Latinx kidlit author collective. Her story, By the Light of the Moon, was adapted into a ballet production by the Sonoma Conservatory of Dance and is the first Xicana-themed ballet in history. She lives with her family of artists in a teal house in California.

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Awards: Américas Award, California Library Association Beatty Award, Northern CA Book Award, NCTE Charlotte Huck Honor, Jane Addams Peace Honor, International Latino Book Award & Honor

Communities: LGBTQ+, Hispanic or Latinx, Indigenous or Native American, Mixed Race


Scheduled events:
Dreaming Verse: Writing a Novel in Verse
Novels in verse is a strong current trend in middle grade and YA novels. Aida Salazar will provide strategies she has found effective in writing novels in verse, such as "Land of the Cranes" and "A Seed in the Sun."

Education Room 333 (Seats 44, Wheelchair accessible)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sat, Mar 4, 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Children / Teens
Signing area: Signing Area - Children (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelist: Aida Salazar
Moderator: Jennifer Flores
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
Trailblazers: Women Forging the Way
Strong women who forge pathways to challenge societal injustices are trailblazers who provide children with inspiration and strategies for considering their own commitment to action. From labor movements to women's basketball to authors breaking boundaries, these books use a range of writing styles and book designs to captivate readers.

Education Room 353 (Seats 92, Wheelchair accessible)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sat, Mar 4, 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Children / Teens
Signing area: Signing Area - Children (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Andrew Maraniss, Molly Mendoza, Aida Salazar, Ibi Zoboi
Moderator: Ruth McKoy Lowery
Living Your Truth as Activists and Authors
Authors often take a stance of activism in the decisions they make about whose stories they choose to tell but that activism can take many forms both inside and outside of the world of children's books. Three authors who live their truths as activists will talk about the many ways in which this activism has led them to make decisions about supporting other authors and illustrators, writing and speaking about social issues and engaging in work with social justice organizations.

College of Education Kiva 211 (Seats 200)  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: Saadia Faruqi, Linda Sue Park, Aida Salazar
Moderator: Carol Brochin

Books:
Jovita Wore Pants
The Story of a Revolutionary Fighter
Children / Teens
Scholastic, Incorporated
March 2023
ISBN 9781338283419
48 pages

A Seed in the Sun
Children / Teens
Penguin
October 2022
ISBN 9780593406601
272 pages