March 2022

The Humanizing Power of Humor

Authors Bryan Washington and Mateo Askaripour will discuss the unforgettable characters they introduced in their best-selling books, and why humor was so effective in making them so human.

Mateo Askaripour

Mateo Askaripour was a 2018 Rhode Island Writers Colony writer-in-residence, and his writing has appeared in Entrepreneur, Lit Hub, Catapult, The Rumpus, Medium and elsewhere. He lives in Brooklyn, and his favorite pastimes include bingeing music videos and movie trailers, drinking yerba mate and dancing in his apartment....

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Bryan Washington

Bryan Washington is a National Book Award 5 Under 35 honoree, winner of the Dylan Thomas Prize, the Ernest J. Gaines Award for Literary Excellence and The New York Times Public Library Young Lions Fiction Award....

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Arizona Daily Star
University of Arizona

Presenting Sponsors

Tucson Medical Center

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

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Early Childhood Learning is Essential
Marshall Foundation

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