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National Book Award Finalists

Julia Phillips, Kali Fajardo-Antine and Carmen Gimenez Smith all were finalists for the National Book Award in 2019. How bright was the spotlight for them? How will it affect their current books ... and how will it affect the next one? All these questions!

Kali Fajardo-Anstine

Kali Fajardo-Anstine is the author of Sabrina & Corina, a 2019 Finalist for the National Book Award in Fiction and The Story Prize. Fajardo-Anstine is the 2019 recipient of the Denver Mayor’s Award for Global Impact in the Arts....

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Carmen Giménez Smith

Carmen Giménez Smith is a 2019 Guggenheim Fellow and the author of a memoir and six poetry collections, including "Be Recorder," which was a finalist for the National Book Award and PEN Open Book Award....

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Julia Phillips

​​Julia Phillips is the debut author of the nationally best-selling novel "Disappearing Earth," which is being published in 14 countries and is a finalist for the National Book Award....

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Named Sponsors

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

Key Sponsors

Arizona Party Rental Companies
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Early Childhood Learning is Essential
Marshall Foundation
Tucson Electric Power Co.

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