A Virtual Festival Saturday, March 6 and Sunday, March 7, 2021

Play Ball: Risk, Equity, and Social Justice

Sports involves much more than playing ball. Athletes face and resist societal issues of equity and social justice. Three award-winning authors of memoir, biography and fantasy provide unique perspectives on the risks and challenges that go far beyond the game.

Andrew Maraniss

New York Times best-selling author Andrew Maraniss writes sports-and history-related nonfiction, telling stories with a larger social message. His new book,"Singled Out," is a biography of Glenn Burke, the first openly gay Major League Baseball player and inventor of the high-five....

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Neal Shusterman

Neal Shusterman is the New York Times best-selling and award-winning author of "Challenger Deep," which won the National Book Award, "Scythe," a Michael L. Printz Honor title, "Dry," "Bruiser," which was on twelve state lists, "The Schwa Was Here," and the UnWind series, among many other books....

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Gene Luen Yang

Gene Luen Yang writes and sometimes draws comic books and graphic novels. "American Born Chinese," his first graphic novel, was a National Book Award finalist as well as the winner of the Printz Award and an Eisner Award....

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Singled Out
The True Story of Glenn Burke
Andrew Maraniss
Children / Teens
Philomel Books
March 2021
ISBN 9780593116722
240 pages
$17.99, INSTORE
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Game Changer
Neal Shusterman
Children / Teens
HarperCollins Publishers
February 2021
ISBN 9780061998676
400 pages
$17.99, INSTORE
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Dragon Hoops
Gene Luen Yang
Children / Teens
First Second
March 2020
ISBN 9781626720794
Hardcover, 448 pages
$24.99, INSTORE
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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
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William & Mary Ross Foundation

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Early Childhood Learning is Essential
Marshall Foundation

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