Tucson Festival of Books

Moses Ose Utomi (he/him)


Moses Ose Utomi is a Nigerian-American fantasy writer and nomad currently based out of San Diego, Calif. He has a Master of Fine Arts in fiction from Sarah Lawrence College and short fiction publications in Fireside Magazine, Fantasy Magazine and more. He is the author of the novella "The Lies of the Ajungo" and its sequel "The Truth of the Aleke," as well as the young adult fantasy novel "Daughters of Oduma." When he’s not writing, he’s traveling, training martial arts or doing karaoke—with or without a backing track.

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Awards: Junior Library Guild Gold Standard Selection Award (x3)

Communities: African American, First Generation


Scheduled events:
Friends and Sponsors only: Hot Off The Press
Sponsors and Friends of the Festival are invited to a books launch party with authors in attendance.

Student Union South Ballroom (Seats 200, Wheelchair accessible)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sat, Mar 9, 8:30 am - 9:30 am

Panelists: Marie Arana, Cara Black, C.J. Box, Alisyn Camerota, Margot Douaihy, Rajani LaRocca, Laura McNeal, Zibby Owens, Ron Rapoport, Deborah Taffa, Moses Utomi, Tia Williams
Creating Tension in Speculative Fiction
Moses Ose Utomi will teach the fundamentals of mystery and suspense while diving deeper into the different types of tension, how to create them, and the ways they can be maximized for science fiction, fantasy, and horror.

Koffler Room 216 (Seats 89, Wheelchair accessible)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sat, Mar 9, 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Sci-Fi / Fantasy / Horror
Signing area: Sales & Signing Area - UA BookStore Tent (on Mall) (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelist: Moses Utomi
Writing Fantasy in the Desert
So many fantasy stories are set in mountains or forests or coastal cities. Liz Kerin and Moses Ose Utomi chose the path less traveled and set their books in deserts. So why a desert setting? What unique advantages or disadvantages are there to setting a fantasy story in a desert? Why aren't more stories set in deserts?

Koffler Room 216 (Seats 89, Wheelchair accessible)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sat, Mar 9, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Sci-Fi / Fantasy / Horror
Signing area: Sales & Signing Area - UA BookStore Tent (on Mall) (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Liz Kerin, Moses Utomi
Moderator: Victoria Salajko
A Good Villain is Hard to Find
A good antagonist is key to to a good story, so what makes a good villain? Cory Doctorow, Jonathan Maberry, and Moses Ose Utomi all created different kinds of evil forces for their characters to fight. How did they go about creating those villains? And, just for fun, what kind of villains would the authors themselves be in the Mirror Universe?

Student Union Santa Rita (Seats 110)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sun, Mar 10, 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Sci-Fi / Fantasy / Horror
Signing area: Sales & Signing Area - UA BookStore Tent (on Mall) (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Cory Doctorow, Jonathan Maberry, Moses Utomi
Moderator: David Gunther

Books:
The Truth of the Aleke
Sci-Fi / Fantasy / Horror
Tor Publishing Group
March 2024
ISBN 9781250849052
112 pages

The Lies of the Ajungo
Sci-Fi / Fantasy / Horror
Tor Publishing Group
March 2023
ISBN 9781250849069
96 pages