Tucson Festival of Books

Arya Shahi (he/him/his)


Arya Shahi is an Iranian-American playwright, poet and rapper. He is the co-founder of PigPen Theatre Co., an award-winning theatre company and band. With PigPen, Shahi has written, directed and performed in original plays, including "The Old Man and the Old Moon," as well as books adapted for stage, including Kate DiCamillo's "The Tale of Despereaux." PigPen's album "Bremen" was released in 2012, followed by "Whole Sun" in 2015. His book is "An Impossible Thing to Say." Shahi lives in Los Angeles.

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Communities: Tucsonan, Book is set in Tucson and the author was born and raised in Tucson


Scheduled events:
A Visit with Arya Shahi for Friends and Family
Friends of the Festival Family Tent (Seats 25)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sat, Mar 9, 1:00 pm - 1:45 pm

Panelist: Arya Shahi
Clashing Views: The Search for Voice and Love
Finding your own voice as a teen often leads to obstacles and clashes with family and friends who impose their views about life. In these YA books, teens search for voice and love as an African American teen growing up during the civil rights movement, a Korean American teen dealing with parental expectations, and an Iranian American facing discrimination after 9/11.

YA Author Stage (Seats 100)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sun, Mar 10, 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, Axie Oh, Arya Shahi
Moderator: Charlene Mendoza
Dreaming Up Stories to Put Out in the World
An author shares his experience of dreaming up stories and putting them out into the world and how his experiences differ from other authors. Where do the stories come from and who owns which parts of them before and after publication? Arya Shahi's new book is "An Impossible Thing to Say," a novel in verse about growing up in Tucson.

UA Library YA /Room 254 Main Floor (Seats 55, Wheelchair accessible)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sun, Mar 10, 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Teen
Signing area: Sales & Signing Area - Integrated Learning Center (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelist: Arya Shahi
Moderator: T. Gail Pritchard

Book:
An Impossible Thing to Say
Children
HarperCollins Publishers
January 2023
ISBN 9780063248359
416 pages