Tucson Festival of Books

Jumata Emill (he/him/his)



Lance Young

Jumata Emill is a journalist who has covered crime and local politics in Mississippi and parts of Louisiana. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in mass communications from Southern University and A&M College. He is a Pitch Wars alum and a member of the Crime Writers of Color. When he is not writing about murderous teens, he is watching and obsessively tweeting about every franchise of the Real Housewives. Jumata lives in Baton Rouge, La., and he is the author of "The Black Queen" and "Wander in the Dark."

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Communities: LGBTQ+, African American


Scheduled events:
YA Workshop: Writing Thrillers with Murderous Teens
Join YA author Jumata Emill in a workshop on writing thrillers with murderous teens. Jumata's books include "The Black Queen" and "Wander in the Dark" and he is a journalist who has covered crime and local politics in southern Louisiana and parts of Mississippi.

UA Library YA /Room 254 Main Floor (Seats 55, Wheelchair accessible)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sat, Mar 9, 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Teen
Signing area: Sales & Signing Area - Integrated Learning Center (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelist: Jumata Emill
Moderator: Ann Parker
Horror: Malice, Monsters, and Murder
Horror is a major trend in YA and providing both pulse-pounding thrillers and a safe zone for fear and danger. These horror novels include a pan-African adventure of monsters and heroes, a murder mystery in which a Black teen is blamed for the murder of a popular White girl, and a dark portal encounter with the ghost of a friend left for dead.

YA Author Stage (Seats 100)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sun, Mar 10, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Teen
Signing area: Sales & Signing Area - Integrated Learning Center (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Ayana Gray, Jumata Emill, Kristen Simmons
Moderator: Sybil Durand

Books:
Wander in the Dark
Children
Random House Children's Books
January 2024
ISBN 9780593651858
400 pages
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The Black Queen
Children
Random House Children's Books
December 2023
ISBN 9780593568576
416 pages