Tucson Festival of Books

Meg Kissinger



Molly Boynton

Sponsored by Debbie and Marc Fleischman

Meg Kissinger's engaging memoir will have you look at mental illness in a whole new light. She spent more than two decades traveling across the country writing about America’s broken mental health system for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. A Pulitzer Prize finalist, she has won dozens of accolades, including two George Polk Awards, the Robert F. Kennedy Award, Investigative Reporters and Editors and two National Journalism Awards. Kissinger taught investigative reporting at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism and is a trainer at the school's Dart Center for Trauma and Journalism. Her new memoir is "While You Were Out."

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Scheduled events:
It Wasn't Easy
Meg Kissinger, Britany Means and Safiya Sinclair have come to the festival with memoirs detailing difficult childhoods in sometimes chaotic family environments. Why did they want to share their stories? What messages were they hoping to leave with us, the readers?

Student Union Kachina (Seats 100)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sat, Mar 9, 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Memoir / Essays / Creative Nonfiction
Signing area: Sales & Signing Area - UA BookStore Tent (on Mall) (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Meg Kissinger, Brittany Means, Safiya Sinclair
Moderator: Mary Holden
Restoring the Family
Sometimes it takes sharing a meal in a family restaurant, experiencing a kids' ballgame with a parent or tackling the toxic condition or situation head-on to make sense of life and to move forward.

Student Union Kachina (Seats 100)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sat, Mar 9, 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Memoir / Essays / Creative Nonfiction
Signing area: Sales & Signing Area - UA BookStore Tent (on Mall) (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Curtis Chin, Meg Kissinger, Teresa Strasser
Moderator: Debra Brenegan
Coming of Age in America
Three popular authors have come to Tucson with colorful, diverse, terrifying and joyful looks into growing up in the USA. There is the warmth and familiarity of a family restaurant; a family ravaged by mental illness and victimized by a flawed mental health system; and a family navigating the divide between mainstream "American" culture and and a Native heritage.

Student Union Kachina (Seats 100)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sun, Mar 10, 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Memoir / Essays / Creative Nonfiction
Signing area: Sales & Signing Area - UA BookStore Tent (on Mall) (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Curtis Chin, Meg Kissinger, Deborah Taffa
Moderator: Dylan Smith

Book:
While You Were Out
An Intimate Family Portrait of Mental Illness in an Era of Silence
Memoir / Essays / Creative Nonfiction
Celadon Books
September 2023
ISBN 9781250793775
320 pages