Tucson Festival of Books

Asha Lemmie (she/her)


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Asha Lemmie is The New York Times best-selling author of "Fifty Words For Rain" and "The Wildest Sun." She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from Boston College and is currently a graduate student at Columbia University. She resides in New York City but can frequently be found wandering. Lemmie writes historical fiction that focuses on bringing unique perspectives to life. 

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Scheduled events:
Penning the Past
Asha Lemmie, Laura McNeal and Elizabeth Silver have come to the festival with stories about well-known authors from the past. Did their own experience as authors help shape the narrative? Where do they draw the line between fact and fiction as they craft their historic novels?

Student Union Sabino (Seats 87)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sat, Mar 9, 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Fiction / Literature
Signing area: Sales & Signing Area - UA BookStore Tent (on Mall) (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Asha Lemmie, Laura McNeal, Elizabeth Silver
Moderator: Irene McKisson
Authors With Books About Authors
Three accomplished writers delve into the intriguing world of literature within literature. These authors, whose books prominently feature writer protagonists, will share their insights on the challenges and joys of creating characters who mirror their own craft. Discover the creative depths of storytelling as they unravel the unique dynamics, inspirations, and pitfalls of weaving the lives of writers into their fictional narratives.

Koffler Room 218 (Seats 142, Wheelchair accessible)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sat, Mar 9, 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Fiction / Literature
Signing area: Sales & Signing Area - UA BookStore Tent (on Mall) (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Jillian Cantor, Asha Lemmie, Zibby Owens
Moderator: Pamela Treadwell-Rubin
Lost Children
Authors Jean Kwok, Asha Lemmie and Katherine Reay will explore and discuss the pain and trauma of losing a child and being a child who is separated from a parent. Delve into the creative process of writing about grief, identity, and finding a way to heal in this panel.

Koffler Room 204 (Seats 300, Wheelchair accessible)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sun, Mar 10, 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Fiction / Literature
Signing area: Sales & Signing Area - UA BookStore Tent (on Mall) (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Jean Kwok, Asha Lemmie, Katherine Reay
Moderator: Jeaiza Quiñones Ivory

Books:
The Wildest Sun
A Novel
Fiction / Literature
Penguin
December 2023
ISBN 9780593185711
336 pages
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Following her New York Times bestselling debut Fifty Words for Rain , Asha Lemmie's next sweeping and evocative novel follows a young woman escaping her past in postwar Paris as she searches for the larger-than-life man she believes to be her father. More/less

Fifty Words for Rain
A GMA Book Club Pick (A Novel)
Fiction / Literature
Penguin
June 2021
ISBN 9781524746384
464 pages