Tucson Festival of Books

Safiya Sinclair


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Safiya Sinclair was born and raised in Montego Bay, Jamaica. She is the author of the poetry collection "Cannibal," winner of a Whiting Writers’ Award, the American Academy of Arts and Letters’ Metcalf Award in Literature, the OCM Bocas Prize for Caribbean Poetry and the Prairie Schooner Book Prize in Poetry. "Cannibal" was selected as one of the American Library Association’s Notable Books of the Year, was a finalist for the PEN Center USA Literary Award and the Seamus Heaney First Book Award in the UK and she was longlisted for the PEN Open Book Award and the Dylan Thomas Prize.

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Scheduled events:
It Wasn't Easy
Meg Kissinger, Britany Means and Safiya Sinclair have come to the festival with memoirs detailing difficult childhoods in sometimes chaotic family environments. Why did they want to share their stories? What messages were they hoping to leave with us, the readers?

Student Union Kachina (Seats 100)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sat, Mar 9, 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: Meg Kissinger, Brittany Means, Safiya Sinclair
Moderator: Mary Holden
Breaking Free: Journeys Out of Extremism
What does it take to enter, and then leave, extreme religious or social movements? What can we learn from the journeys of these extraordinary women who found their way back from the MAGA movement, ISIS and the Rastafarian culture in Jamaica?

Integrated Learning Center Room 120 (Seats 300, Wheelchair accessible)  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 - Integrated Learning Center (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Tina Nguyen, Jessica Roy, Safiya Sinclair
Moderator: Jill Jorden Spitz
Live and Learn
Viet Thanh Nguyen and Safiya Sinclair are very much aware of how their backgrounds and cultures have shaped who they are today. Their backgrounds have shaped the authors they are, too. In this session, they compare notes on their books -- and their journeys.

Modern Languages Room 350 (Seats 318, Wheelchair accessible)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sun, Mar 10, 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Memoir / Essays / Creative Nonfiction
Signing area: Sales & Signing Area - Central Mall (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Viet Thanh Nguyen, Safiya Sinclair
Moderator: Stuart Horwitz

Books:
How to Say Babylon
A Memoir
Memoir / Essays / Creative Nonfiction
Simon & Schuster
October 2023
ISBN 9781982132330
352 pages
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Cannibal
Poetry
U of Nebraska Press
September 2016
ISBN 9780803290631
111 pages
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