Tucson Festival of Books

Theodore C. Van Alst, Jr. (he/him)

Theodore C. Van Alst Jr. (enrolled Mackinac Bands of Chippewa and Ottawa Indians) is a best-selling author and editor, and the Tilikum Professor and Chair of Indigenous Nations Studies at Portland State University. He is the author of Chicago-set award-winning mosaic novels Sacred Smokes and Sacred City as well as the editor of "The Faster Redder Road: The Best UnAmerican Stories of Stephen Graham Jones." His co-edited (with Shane Hawk) "Never Whistle at Night: An Indigenous Dark Fiction Anthology" which was published in September 2023 by Vintage / Penguin Random House. A best-seller in both the US and Canada, it received its tenth printing less than a month after release. His Southern Gothic novella "Pour One for the Devil" will be released by Lanternfish Press in March 2024 and his third collection of linked stories, "Sacred Folks," will be published Fall 2024 by the University of New Mexico Press. His work has appeared in Southwest Review, The Rumpus, Chicago Review, The Journal of Working-Class Studies, Massachusetts Review, Indiana Review, Apex Magazine, Red Earth Review, Indian Country Today and elsewhere.

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Awards: 2019 Tillie Olsen Award for Creative Writing (for Sacred Smokes), 2022 Electa Quinney Award for Published Stories (for Sacred City)

Communities: Indigenous or Native American

Scheduled events:
Are You Afraid of the Dark?
Dive into a world of spine-tingling horror inspired by folklore, history, and the stories our parents told us at night.

Nuestras Raíces Stage (Seats 150)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sun, Mar 10, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Signing area: Pima County Public Library/Nuestras Raíces/Craft Tent & Signing Area (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Isabel Cañas, V. Castro, Shane Hawk, Theodore Van Alst, Jr.
Moderator: Megan Hellwig

Never Whistle at Night
An Indigenous Dark Fiction Anthology
Nuestras Raices
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
September 2023
ISBN 9780593468463
416 pages

Sacred City
Nuestras Raices
University of New Mexico Press
November 2021
ISBN 9780826362865
200 pages