Tucson Festival of Books

Gregory McNamee

David La Russa

Gregory McNamee is a writer, editor, photographer and publisher. He is the author or title-page editor of more than 40 books and author of more than 10,000 periodical pieces, including articles, news features, essays, reviews, interviews, editorials, poems and short stories. Thousands of his photographs have also been published in calendars, books, newspapers, magazines, advertisements and websites.

McNamee is a contributing editor to the Encyclopaedia Britannica and a contributing writer to Kirkus Reviews. He writes regularly for many other journals and sites, and his work has appeared in such venues as Science, The Washington Post, Outside, Smithsonian and CNN.com.

McNamee is a research associate at the Southwest Center of the University of Arizona and a former lecturer in the Department of Economics there. He is also a longtime member of the Speakers Bureau of AZ Humanities.

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Awards: Arizona Author of the Year, Arizona Library Association; Best Southwest Book of the Year, Tucson Pima Public Library; Best Nonfiction, New Mexico–Arizona Book Award

Communities: Arizona Author, Tucsonan

Scheduled events:
Celebrating Southwest Books of the Year: Fiction
The members of the Pima County Public Library’s Southwest Books of the Year committee read dozens of novels each year, choosing only a very few of them to honor for their excellence. Please join us as this year’s honorees—Brendan Shay Basham (Swim Home to the Vanished), Stacie Shannon Denetsosie (The Missing Morningstar), Tod Goldberg (Gangsters Don’t Die), and Manuel Muñoz (The Consequences)—read from and discuss their prizewinning work. Please come with questions for them!

UA Library/Special Collections (Seats 110)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sat, Mar 9, 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Southwest Books of the Year
Signing area: Sales & Signing Area - Integrated Learning Center (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Brendan Basham, Stacie Denetsosie, Tod Goldberg, Manuel Muñoz
Moderator: Gregory McNamee
A Celebration of Southwest Poetry
Today we will celebrating the top works of poetry as judged by the Southwest Books of the Year Award. These four accomplished poets will share the inspiration for their work that is deeply rooted in the Southwest.

Student Union Kiva (Seats 100)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sun, Mar 10, 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Signing area: Sales & Signing Area - UA Bookstore, Main Floor (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Tommy Archuleta, Mari Herreras, Simon Ortiz, Brandon Som
Moderator: Gregory McNamee
Writing Your Life
Memory can be a tricky thing, but it’s the vehicle by which we navigate our past and shape the story of our lives. Pima County Public Library’s Writer in Residence will guide us as we explore our lives through a series of writing exercises that raise sometimes difficult questions—and that call for sometimes difficult, but always interesting, answers. Please bring questions of your own!

Integrated Learning Center Room 119 (Seats 60)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sun, Mar 10, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Memoir / Essays / Creative Nonfiction
Signing area: Sales & Signing Area - Integrated Learning Center (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelist: Gregory McNamee

Frommer's Arizona and the Grand Canyon
History / Biography
FrommerMedia LLC
May 2022
ISBN 9781628875478
536 pages

Tortillas, Tiswin, and T-bones
A Food History of the Southwest
University of New Mexico Press
January 2017
ISBN 9780826359049
Paperback, 241 pages
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