Tucson Festival of Books

Amélie Wen Zhao (she/her/hers)


Amélie Wen Zhao is The New York Times and internationally best-selling author of "Song of Silver, Flame Like Night," "Dark Star Burning, Ash Falls White" and the "Blood Heir" trilogy. She grew up in Beijing, where she spent her days reenacting tales of legendary heroes, ancient kingdoms and lost magic at her grandmother's courtyard house. She now resides in New York City working as a finance professional by day and fantasy author by night. In her spare time, she loves to travel and spend time with her family in China, where she is determined to walk the rivers and lakes of old just like the practitioners in her novels do.

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Communities: Asian diaspora / foreign


Scheduled events:
Dark Fantasy: Betrayal, Power, and Romance
Dark fantasy invites readers to enter worlds where betrayals by those in power are balanced with strong relationships and even romance. Marc Gregson's "Sky's End" involves a kill-or-be-killed competition, while Jasmine Skye's Daughter of the Bone Forest" mixes political betrayal with loyalty and love, and Amelie Wen Zhao immerses readers into Chinese mythology as teens fight demon gods in "Dark Star Burning, Ash Falls White."

YA Author Stage (Seats 100)  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

Panelists: Marc J. Gregson, Jasmine Skye, Amélie Wen Zhao
Moderator: Jana Maiuri
Teen Worlds: A Carousel of YA Authors
Meet a bunch of YA authors in 60 minutes and enter teen worlds of fantasy, mystery and complicated relationships. Each author will be seated at a table to talk with a small group about their newest book. Every eight minutes the authors will rotate to a new table in our version of author speed-dating.

Education Kiva 211 (Seats 200)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sun, Mar 10, 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Multigenre
Signing area: Signing Area - Children (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Hafsah Faizal, Ayana Gray, C.A. Gray, Marc J. Gregson, Shelby Mahurin, Samuel Miller, Axie Oh, Kristen Simmons, Amélie Wen Zhao
Moderators: Lauren Freedman, HOLLY JOHNSON
Whispers of Danger and Romance
Combining danger and romance invites YA readers into stories that engage their emotions and their imaginations. In these novels, teens face a devastating forest fire, vampires, and demon gods but also experience romance along with coping with danger.

YA Author Stage (Seats 100)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sun, Mar 10, 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Teen
Signing area: Sales & Signing Area - Integrated Learning Center (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Hailey Alcaraz, Shelby Mahurin, Amélie Wen Zhao
Moderator: Amanda Becker

Books:
Song of Silver, Flame Like Night
Children
Random House Children's Books
January 2023
ISBN 9780593487501
480 pages
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Dark Star Burning, Ash Falls White
Children
Random House Children's Books
January 2024
ISBN 9780593487549
368 pages