Tucson Festival of Books

Anita Kelly (they/them)


H. Newton Williams & Connie Crow

Originally from a small town in the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania, Anita Kelly now lives in the Pacific Northwest with their family. An educator by day, they write romance that celebrates queer love in all its infinite possibilities. Whenever not reading or writing, they are drinking too much tea, taking pictures and dreaming of their next walk in the woods. They hope you get to pet a dog today. Their new book is "How You Get the Girl."

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Communities: LGBTQ+


Scheduled events:
It's Academic
From grade school to graduate school, it's always fun to explore the lives of educators, researchers, and explorers who work there. Today, three romance authors will discuss how they applied their own backgrounds to the academic lives of their characters. They will explore why education and research make great settings for romance.

Student Union Kachina (Seats 100)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sat, Mar 9, 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Romance
Signing area: Sales & Signing Area - UA BookStore Tent (on Mall) (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Anita Kelly, Alicia Thompson, J. Vanessa Lyon, Jo Segura
Moderator: Hannah Gomez
Sapphic, Sapphic, Sapphic
Sapphic romance is a love story with a happy ending, centering women who love women. There has been a delightful rise in sapphic romance in recent years, and these three authors are at the forefront of the movement.

UA BookStore (Seats 150)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sun, Mar 10, 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Romance
Signing area: Sales & Signing Area - UA BookStore Lower Level (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Anita Kelly, J. Vanessa Lyon, Amy Spalding
Moderator: Jessica West
AMA - Romance Author Edition
It's time for Ask Me (Almost) Anything: Romance Author Edition! If there's a question you have for one of our authors that didn't quite fit with the themes of the weekend's panels, now's your chance.

Koffler Room 204 (Seats 300, Wheelchair accessible)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sun, Mar 10, 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Romance
Signing area: Sales & Signing Area - UA BookStore Tent (on Mall) (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Liana De La Rosa, Stacey Cochran, Helena Greer, Anita Kelly, Alicia Thompson, Lydia Andres, Diana Quincy, Beverly Jenkins, Dominic Lim, J. Vanessa Lyon, Emily Michel, Rachel Katz, Jodie Slaughter, Jo Segura
Moderators: Jessica Pryde, Jessica West

Books:
How You Get the Girl
Romance
Grand Central Publishing
February 2024
ISBN 9781538754917
384 pages
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Love & Other Disasters
Romance
Grand Central Publishing
January 2022
ISBN 9781538754849
384 pages