Tucson Festival of Books

Deborah Taffa



Courtesy of the author

Deborah Jackson Taffa is the director of the Master of Fine Arts creative writing program at The Institute of American Indian Arts. Her memoir, "Whiskey Tender," was named one of the most anticipated books to watch for in 2024 by Zibby Media. She has won fellowships from PEN America, MacDowell, Hedgebrook, Rona Jaffe, Tin House, A Public Space and the NY State Summer Writer's Institute.  She earned her Master of Fine Arts in Iowa City, Iowa.  Her writing can be found in Salon, The Best of Brevity, LARB, the Best American series and more. She comes from the Yuma Nation and Laguna Pueblo and is the editor-in-chief of River Styx magazine.  

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Awards: PEN America Jean Stein Literary Grant Winner

Communities: Arizona Author, Hispanic or Latinx, Indigenous or Native American, Mixed Race


Scheduled events:
Friends and Sponsors only: Hot Off The Press
Sponsors and Friends of the Festival are invited to a books launch party with authors in attendance.

Student Union South Ballroom (Seats 200, Wheelchair accessible)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sat, Mar 9, 8:30 am - 9:30 am

Panelists: Marie Arana, Cara Black, C.J. Box, Alisyn Camerota, Margot Douaihy, Rajani LaRocca, Laura McNeal, Zibby Owens, Ron Rapoport, Deborah Taffa, Moses Utomi, Tia Williams
Uneasy Family Ties
What does it mean to be a family - when you are in foster care, when a parent leaves you or when you are living between two cultures? What coping mechanisms or choices shape overcoming adversities leading to survival and triumph?

Student Union Sabino (Seats 87)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sat, Mar 9, 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Memoir / Essays / Creative Nonfiction
Signing area: Sales & Signing Area - UA BookStore Tent (on Mall) (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Mark Daley, Brittany Means, Deborah Taffa
Moderator: Kathleen Quigley
Coming of Age in America
Three popular authors have come to Tucson with colorful, diverse, terrifying and joyful looks into growing up in the USA. There is the warmth and familiarity of a family restaurant; a family ravaged by mental illness and victimized by a flawed mental health system; and a family navigating the divide between mainstream "American" culture and and a Native heritage.

Student Union Kachina (Seats 100)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sun, Mar 10, 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Memoir / Essays / Creative Nonfiction
Signing area: Sales & Signing Area - UA BookStore Tent (on Mall) (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Curtis Chin, Meg Kissinger, Deborah Taffa
Moderator: Dylan Smith

Book:
Whiskey Tender
A Memoir
Memoir / Essays / Creative Nonfiction
HARPERCOLLINS
February 2024
ISBN 9780063288515
304 pages
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