Tucson Festival of Books

Samuel Miller (he/him/his)


The Cunningham Family

Samuel Miller is a novelist and screenwriter, made in South Dakota, based in Los Angeles. His most recent novel, "Redemption Prep," was a New York Times and Indie best-seller and is in development for television with MGM. His debut, "A Lite Too Bright," released to critical acclaim and has been translated into four languages and published in eight countries. Miller wrote his first novel in a fifteen-passenger van while touring with his alt-rock band, Paradise Fears. In addition to writing novels, he coaches Little League Baseball, walks his dog and works to dismantle capitalist systems of power.

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Scheduled events:
YA Workshop: Writing Your Debut YA Novel
Three debut authors of new YA books will share their experiences in writing a debut YA novel, answer questions, and provide tips to teens and adults who want to write YA books. Their new books range from historical fiction to dystopia to dark fantasy.

UA Library YA /Room 254 Main Floor (Seats 55, Wheelchair accessible)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sat, Mar 9, 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Teen
Signing area: Sales & Signing Area - Integrated Learning Center (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Krystal Marquis, Samuel Miller, Jasmine Skye
Moderator: Jose Arizpe
Trust the System/Lose Your Life
Sometimes trusting the system leads to greater danger and corruption. These YA thrillers involve suspense and mysteries that endanger the lives of teens. "A Whisper of Poison" by Jess Lourey is a dystopia of a teen who learns not to trust those in power. Samuel Miller's "Dark Parts of the Universe" involves an app-based adventure game and murder, while Ellen Oh's main character gets sucked her own web comic in "The Colliding Worlds of Mina Lee."

YA Author Stage (Seats 100)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sat, Mar 9, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Teen
Signing area: Sales & Signing Area - Integrated Learning Center (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Jess Lourey, Samuel Miller, Ellen Oh
Moderator: Deborah Dimmett
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
Multigenre
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

Books:
Dark Parts of the Universe
Children
HarperCollins Publishers
April 2024
ISBN 9780063160484
432 pages

A Lite Too Bright
Children
HarperCollins
May 2018
ISBN 9780062662002
480 pages