Tucson Festival of Books

Aaliyah Bilal


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Aaliyah Bilal was born and raised in Prince George’s County, Md. She has degrees from Oberlin College and the University of London School of Oriental and African Studies. She’s published stories and essays with The Michigan Quarterly Review and The Rumpus. "Temple Folk" is her first short story collection.

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Communities: African American


Scheduled events:
2023 National Book Awards
The National Book Awards return to the Tucson Festival of Books with finalists Aaliyah Bilal, Vashti Harrison and Hanna Pylvaïnen. They will discuss the specificity required to write universal stories for readers of all ages, and the power of exceptional storytelling to make the unfamiliar feel known. Presented in partnership with the National Book Foundation.

UA BookStore (Seats 150)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sun, Mar 10, 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
National Book Awards
Signing area: Sales & Signing Area - UA BookStore Lower Level (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Aaliyah Bilal, Vashti Harrison, Hanna Pylväinen
Moderator: Ruth Dickey
The Art of the Short Story
This panel delves into the enchanting world of short stories with three extraordinary authors: Karen Brennan, Laird Hunt and Aaliyah Bilah. there is an art to crafting compact narratives. Whether you're an avid reader, an aspiring writer, or simply curious about the magic behind these miniature masterpieces, this panel offers a unique opportunity to unravel the secrets behind a compelling short story.

Student Union Santa Rita (Seats 110)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sun, Mar 10, 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Fiction / Literature
Signing area: Sales & Signing Area - UA BookStore Tent (on Mall) (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Aaliyah Bilal, Laird Hunt
Moderator: Bridget Wade Radcliff

Book:
Temple Folk
Fiction / Literature
Simon and Schuster
July 2023
ISBN 9781982191818
256 pages