Tucson Festival of Books

Manuel Muñoz

Sponsored by Max McCauslin and John Smith

Manuel Muñoz is the author of three collections of short stories: "The Consequences," published by Graywolf Press in 2022, "The Faith Healer of Olive Avenue" and "Zigzagger." His novel, "What You See in the Dark," was published in 2011. Named a MacArthur Foundation Fellow in 2023, Muñoz is the winner of the 2023 Joyce Carol Oates Prize.  He was a finalist for the 2023 Aspen Words Literary Prize and the 2007 Frank O'Connor International Short Story Prize, and he was the recipient of a Whiting Writers Award in 2008. "The Consequences" was longlisted for the Story Prize. His stories have three times been awarded the O. Henry Prize and have been chosen twice for The Best American Short Stories. He has been included in "The Penguin Book of the Modern American Short Story," "The Norton Anthology of Latino Literature" and "The Heath Anthology of American Literature." He served as a juror for the O. Henry Prize in 2011, as a judge of the 2014 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction and the 2022 PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize for a Debut Short Story Collection. His frequently anthologized work has appeared in The New York Times, ZYZZYVA, Freeman’s, Virginia Quarterly Review, Epoch, Glimmer Train, American Short Fiction, Boston Review, Literary Hub and has aired on Selected Shorts. A native of Dinuba, Calif., Muñoz is Professor in the Department of English at the University of Arizona-Tucson.

Visit website | Arizona author Instagram

Awards: MacArthur Fellow, 3 O. Henry Prizes; Whiting Writers Award

Communities: Tucsonan, LGBTQ+, Hispanic or Latinx

Scheduled events:
Celebrating Southwest Books of the Year: Fiction
The members of the Pima County Public Library’s Southwest Books of the Year committee read dozens of novels each year, choosing only a very few of them to honor for their excellence. Please join us as this year’s honorees—Brendan Shay Basham (Swim Home to the Vanished), Stacie Shannon Denetsosie (The Missing Morningstar), Tod Goldberg (Gangsters Don’t Die), and Manuel Muñoz (The Consequences)—read from and discuss their prizewinning work. Please come with questions for them!

UA Library/Special Collections (Seats 110)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sat, Mar 9, 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Southwest Books of the Year
Signing area: Sales & Signing Area - Integrated Learning Center (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Brendan Basham, Stacie Denetsosie, Tod Goldberg, Manuel Muñoz
Moderator: Gregory McNamee
Retro Queer: LGBTQ+ Narratives From the 80s
Dr. Lydia Otero and Manuel Muñoz engage on the topic of intersectionality between Mexican American, queer, and social class identities through a historical lens in circa 1980s California.

Nuestras Raíces Stage (Seats 150)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sun, Mar 10, 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Nuestras Raices
Signing area: Pima County Public Library/Nuestras Raíces/Craft Tent & Signing Area (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Manuel Muñoz, Lydia Otero
Moderator: Dominique Calza

The Consequences
Nuestras Raices
Graywolf Press
October 2022
ISBN 9781644452066
224 pages

Nuestras Raices
Northwestern University Press
November 2003
ISBN 9780810120990
185 pages
Buy now