Tucson Festival of Books

Brendan Shay Basham


Sponsored by Amerind Museum, Art Gallery, Research Center & Texas Canyon Nature Preserve

Brendan Shay Basham (Diné) is Tó ts’ohnii and Bit’ahnii, born for bilagáana (Scottish, Irish, English, German). He is a fiction writer, poet, educator and former chef. Brendan was born in Alaska and raised in northern Arizona. He received his Master of Fine Arts from the Institute of American Indian Arts and bachelor's from The Evergreen State College. His work has appeared in Puerto del Sol, Santa Fe Literary Review, Yellow Medicine Review and Juked, among other publications. He is a recipient of Poetry Northwest’s inaugural James Welch Prize for Indigenous Writers, fellowships from the Truman Capote Trust and Writing By Writers and the Ucross Foundation’s first Native American Literary Award. Brendan’s debut novel, "Swim Home to the Vanished," was released by Harper Books on Aug. 22, 2023.

Communities: Arizona Author, Indigenous or Native American, Neurodivergent


Scheduled events:
Celebrating Southwest Books of the Year: Fiction
The members of the Pima County Public Library’s Southwest Books of the Year committee read dozens of novels each year, choosing only a very few of them to honor for their excellence. Please join us as this year’s honorees—Brendan Shay Basham (Swim Home to the Vanished), Stacie Shannon Denetsosie (The Missing Morningstar), Tod Goldberg (Gangsters Don’t Die), and Manuel Muñoz (The Consequences)—read from and discuss their prizewinning work. Please come with questions for them!

UA Library/Special Collections (Seats 110)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sat, Mar 9, 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Southwest Books of the Year
Signing area: Sales & Signing Area - Integrated Learning Center (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Brendan Basham, Stacie Denetsosie, Tod Goldberg, Manuel Muñoz
Moderator: Gregory McNamee
Tangled Realities
Melissa Broder, Yangsze Choo and Brendan Shay Basham discuss how the veil between reality and the supernatural is thin and often overlaps creating a new space of possibilities and a place to work through hardships and grief.

Integrated Learning Center Room 130 (Seats 143, Wheelchair accessible)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sun, Mar 10, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Multigenre
Signing area: Sales & Signing Area - Integrated Learning Center (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Brendan Basham, Melissa Broder, Yangsze Choo
Moderator: Ashley Hansen
Diné Literary Debuts
Stacie Shannon Denetsosie, a member of the Navajo Nation whose clans are Todích'íí'nii (Bitterwater), born for Naakaii Dine'é (Mexican), and Brendan Shay Basham (Diné) who is Tó Ts’ohnii (Big Water) and Bit’ahnii (Folded-Arms People), born for bilagáana (Irish, Scottish, English, German) discuss themes of loss and hope in their respective first books.

Nuestras Raíces Stage (Seats 150)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sun, Mar 10, 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Multigenre
Signing area: Pima County Public Library/Nuestras Raíces/Craft Tent & Signing Area (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Brendan Basham, Stacie Denetsosie
Moderator: Lindsey Curley

Book:
Swim Home to the Vanished
Southwest Books of the Year
HarperCollins Publishers
August 2023
ISBN 9780063241084
240 pages
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