Tucson Festival of Books

Ayana Gray (she/her/hers)

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Ayana Gray is The New York Times best-selling author of "Beasts of Prey," "Beasts of Ruin" and "Beasts of War." To date, her works have been translated in 10 languages across five continents, they have received critical recognition at the state and national level and have been featured on Good Morning America, Tamron Hall, People Magazine and Oprah Daily, among others. She often writes stories that explore Blackness through a speculative lens, and in her spare time she can be found lecturing at writing workshops across the country. Originally from Atlanta, she now lives in Central Arkansas, where she continues to write stories filled with monsters, myths and magic.

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Communities: African American

Scheduled events:
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
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
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
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

Beasts of War
January 2024
ISBN 9780593405741
464 pages
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Beasts of Prey

June 2022
ISBN 9780593405703
528 pages