Tucson Festival of Books

Elizabeth Camarillo Gutierrez



Elizabeth Camarillo Gutierrez, courtesy of the author

In Memory of Patricia Porter

Elizabeth Camarillo Gutierrez was born and raised in Tucson, Ariz. as a second-generation immigrant. She graduated high school at the top of her class and in 2018, graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a degree in philosophy, politics and economics. She worked as a banking analyst at Wells Fargo and is now a product manager at a big tech company where she uses her background and knowledge to empower communities. She has been featured on NPR's Latino USA and delivered a viral Ted Talk on finding opportunity and stability in the United States while examining flaws in narratives that simplify and idealize the immigrant experience. She lives in Brooklyn, New York. Her first book, "My Side of the River," is a memoir about her childhood in the U.S. when, at 15, her parents were forced back to Mexico. 

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Communities: Arizona Author, Tucsonan, Hispanic or Latinx


Scheduled events:
They Walked the Road Less Traveled
Meet three women with very different backgrounds who faced crossroads and made choices -- both personally and professionally -- to succeed in fields not traditionally welcoming to women: technology, screenwriting and astrobiology.

Student Union Tucson Room (Seats 110)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sat, Mar 9, 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Memoir / Essays / Creative Nonfiction
Signing area: Sales & Signing Area - UA BookStore Tent (on Mall) (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Elizabeth Camarillo Gutierrez, Patty Lin, Aomawa Shields
Moderator: Laura Penny
LatinIdentidad: Made in the U.S.A
Examine Latinx identity and cultural geography in the U.S. with Marie Arana, Elizabeth Camarillo Gutierrez, and Héctor Tobar.

Nuestras Raíces Stage (Seats 150)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sat, Mar 9, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Multigenre
Signing area: Pima County Public Library/Nuestras Raíces/Craft Tent & Signing Area (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Marie Arana, Elizabeth Camarillo Gutierrez, Héctor Tobar
Moderator: Victor Mercado
Voces Tucsonenses
Three Tucson-born authors talk about activism, struggles, and empowerment within the Mexican American community through history and/or personal lived experiences, as well as ties to their hometown.

Nuestras Raíces Stage (Seats 150)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sun, Mar 10, 11:30 am - 12:30 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: Henry Barajas, Elizabeth Camarillo Gutierrez, Lydia Otero
Moderator: Selina Barajas

Book:
My Side of the River
A Memoir
Memoir / Essays / Creative Nonfiction
St. Martin's Publishing Group
February 2024
ISBN 9781250277954
272 pages
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