Tucson Festival of Books

J. Vanessa Lyon (she/her)



Alexa Nikol Curran

Sponsored by Friend of the Festival

J. Vanessa Lyon is the author of "The Groves" (an Audible Original),"Meet Me in Madrid," under the pseudonym Verity Lowell and most recently "Lush Lives." A James Baldwin fellow at MacDowell and Fulbright Scholar, she is an art historian and former appraiser who teaches at Bennington College in Vermont.

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Communities: LGBTQ+, African American


Scheduled events:
It's Academic
From grade school to graduate school, it's always fun to explore the lives of educators, researchers, and explorers who work there. Today, three romance authors will discuss how they applied their own backgrounds to the academic lives of their characters. They will explore why education and research make great settings for romance.

Student Union Kachina (Seats 100)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sat, Mar 9, 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Romance
Signing area: Sales & Signing Area - UA BookStore Tent (on Mall) (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Anita Kelly, Alicia Thompson, J. Vanessa Lyon, Jo Segura
Moderator: Hannah Gomez
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
AMA - Romance Author Edition
It's time for Ask Me (Almost) Anything: Romance Author Edition! If there's a question you have for one of our authors that didn't quite fit with the themes of the weekend's panels, now's your chance.

Koffler Room 204 (Seats 300, Wheelchair accessible)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sun, Mar 10, 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Romance
Signing area: Sales & Signing Area - UA BookStore Tent (on Mall) (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Liana De La Rosa, Stacey Cochran, Helena Greer, Anita Kelly, Alicia Thompson, Lydia Andres, Diana Quincy, Beverly Jenkins, Rachel Katz, Dominic Lim, J. Vanessa Lyon, Emily Michel, Jodie Slaughter, Jo Segura
Moderators: Jessica Pryde, Jessica West

Books:
Lush Lives
Romance
Roxane Gay Books
January 2023
ISBN 9780802161987
352 pages
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Meet Me in Madrid
Romance
Carina Press
January 2021
ISBN 9781335631008
288 pages
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