Oh, The Places You'll Go

Having set their books in Tehran, Minnesota and Arizona, authors Marjan Kamali, J. Ryan Stradal and Emily Nemens will explore the power of place when telling their stories.

Marjan Kamali

Marjan Kamali was born in Turkey to Iranian parents and spent her childhood in Kenya, Germany, Turkey, Iran and the United States. She is the author of the novels "The Stationery Shop," which was an Indie Next Pick, one of Newsweek’s Best Summer Books and a Real Simple Top Editor Pick, and "Together Tea," which was a Massachusetts Book Award Finalist and adapted for the stage....

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Emily Nemens

Emily Nemens is the editor of The Paris Review. She was previously the coeditor of The Southern Review. Her work has been published in Esquire, n+1, The Gettysburg Review, Hobart and elsewhere. Her first novel is "The Cactus League....

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J. Ryan Stradal

J. Ryan Stradal's latest novel is "The Lager Queen of Minnesota," a warm, frothy tale that became a surprise bestseller last summer and fall. Stradal's first book was "Kitchens of the Great Midwest." It won the 2016 American Booksellers Association Indie's Choice Award for Adult Debut Book of the Year....

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Arizona Daily Star
University of Arizona

Presenting Sponsors

Tucson Medical Center

Major Sponsors

Friends of the Festival
Pima County Public Library
Stocker Foundation
University of Arizona BookStores
University of Arizona - Facilities Management
Western National Parks Association
William & Mary Ross Foundation

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Early Childhood Learning is Essential
Marshall Foundation
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