Tucson Festival of Books

Jeffrey Blount



Tina Krohn

UA Bookstores

Jeffrey Blount is an award-winning novelist. "The Emancipation of Evan Walls" was the winner of the 2020 National Indie Excellence Award for African American fiction.  He is also an Emmy award-winning television director and a 2016 inductee to the Virginia Communications Hall of Fame. During a 34-year career at NBC News, Jeffrey directed a decade of Meet The Press, The Today Show, NBC Nightly News and major special events. He is the first African American to direct The Today Show.  He is also an award-winning documentary scriptwriter for films and interactives that are now on display in the Smithsonian Museum of African American History and Culture. In 2017 and 2018, Jeffrey served as Journalist in Residence and Shapiro Fellow at the School of Media and Public Affairs at The George Washington University. A Virginia native, he graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University with a degree in communications and broadcast journalism. His latest book is "Mr. Jimmy from Around the Way."

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Awards: 2020 National Indie Excellence Award for African American fiction, 2019 Readers Favorite Book Award, Shelf Unbound 2019 Notable Book

Communities: African American


Scheduled events:
Fictional Landscapes
In this exploration of literary craft, these writers will unveil the secrets behind their masterful storytelling, where vivid settings come to life, transporting readers to places rich with atmosphere and intrigue. Join us for an insightful journey into the art of world-building through words and discover the magic of fiction that engulfs and engages the senses.

Student Union Sabino (Seats 87)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sat, Mar 9, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Fiction / Literature
Signing area: Sales & Signing Area - UA BookStore Tent (on Mall) (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Jeffrey Blount, Kate Christensen, Laird Hunt
Moderator: Bridget Wade Radcliff
Small Towns and Big Hearts
Authors Bonnie Jo Campbell, Jeffrey Blount and J. Ryan Strandal discuss the process of creating close-knit communities and characters who are determined to save their town no matter the cost.

Integrated Learning Center Room 130 (Seats 143, 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 - Integrated Learning Center (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Jeffrey Blount, Bonnie Jo Campbell, J. Ryan Stradal
Moderator: Meredith Amadee

Books:
Mr. Jimmy from Around the Way
Fiction / Literature
BEAUFORT BOOKS
January 2024
ISBN 9780825310324
350 pages

The Emancipation of Evan Walls
Fiction / Literature
Koehler Books
June 2019
ISBN 9781633938106
312 pages