Tucson Festival of Books

Amy Spalding (she/her)



Jessie Weinberg

Sponsored by Friend of the Festival

Amy Spalding is the author of several novels, including the best-selling "For Her Consideration," "We Used to Be Friends" and "The Summer of Jordi Perez (and the Best Burger in Los Angeles)", which was named a best book of 2018 by NPR, the Boston Globe, Kirkus Reviews and more. She is a recipient of the 2023 Human Rights Campaign Visibility Award for the authentic, funny and diverse representation of the LGBTQ+ community in her books. Her new book is "No Boy Summer."

Spalding grew up in St. Louis and now lives in Los Angeles. She has a Bachlor of Arts in advertising and marketing communications from Webster University and an master's in media studies from The New School. Spalding studied longform improv at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre.

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Awards: HRC Visibility Award (2023)

Communities: LGBTQ+


Scheduled events:
Everybody's Got A Secret
What happens when you run into someone from your past, whether it's been a decade or just a day? How do secrets impact a potential couple's future, no matter how big or small? Three romance authors discuss the juicy elements of love interests navigating the secrets in their lives and how they press forward to come out the other side.

Student Union Kachina (Seats 100)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sat, Mar 9, 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Romance
Signing area: Sales & Signing Area - UA BookStore Tent (on Mall) (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Diana Quincy, Dominic Lim, Amy Spalding
Moderator: Kristina Makansi
Crock Pot Romance
There's slow burn romance, and then there's the crock pot version: the slowest of slow burns, filled with all the longing, the pining, the long looks, and the utterly oblivious. These authors discuss the joys and frustrations of slow burn romance, whether it's writing them or reading them.

Student Union Tucson Room (Seats 110)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sun, Mar 10, 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Romance
Signing area: Sales & Signing Area - UA BookStore Tent (on Mall) (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Rachel Katz, Jodie Slaughter, Amy Spalding
Moderator: Jen DeLuca
Sapphic, Sapphic, Sapphic
Sapphic romance is a love story with a happy ending, centering women who love women. There has been a delightful rise in sapphic romance in recent years, and these three authors are at the forefront of the movement.

UA BookStore (Seats 150)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sun, Mar 10, 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Romance
Signing area: Sales & Signing Area - UA BookStore Lower Level (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Anita Kelly, J. Vanessa Lyon, Amy Spalding
Moderator: Jessica West

Books:
At Her Service
Romance
Kensington Publishing Corporation
February 2024
ISBN 9781496739537
320 pages
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For Her Consideration
Romance
Kensington
February 2023
ISBN 9781496739513
320 pages