University of Arizona Campus  •  March 14 -15, 2020  •  9:30am to 5:30pm

Fantasy Worlds Anchored in Culture


The all-white world of fantasy has been challenged by fantasies deeply embedded in rich cultural worlds and mythologies, ranging from Cuba to West Africa, Korea and Thailand and including Cuban-American and African-American characters and tradition. Exciting magical adventures and superpowers collide with modern characters and real life.


Panelists
Carlos Hernandez

Carlos Hernandez is a professor of English, a game designer and enthusiast and a writer. His first solo collection of short stories (for grown-ups), called "The Assimilated Cuban's Guide to Quantum Santeria," came out in 2016....

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Kwame Mbalia

Kwame Mbalia is a husband, father, writer, a New York Times bestselling author and pharmaceutical metrologist in that order. Mbalia's debut middle-grade novel is "Tristan Strong Punches a Hole In the Sky....

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Ellen Oh

Ellen Oh is the president and founder of We Need Diverse Books and the author of the Spirit Hunters series for middle grade and the Prophecy trilogy, "Prophecy," "Warrior" and "King," for young adults....

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Christina Soontornvat

Christina Soontornvat grew up in a small Texas town where she spent many childhood days behind the counter of her parents' Thai restaurant with her nose in a book. She is the author of many books for young readers, including "The Blunders," illustrated by Colin Jack....

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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
Arizona Wholesale Supply
Early Childhood Learning is Essential
Marshall Foundation
Tucson Electric Power Co.

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