March 2022

Love, Secrets and Laughter

Three young adult rom-coms immerse readers into romances laced with humor along with family secrets, cultural expectations and societal stereotypes. Their books mix love and questions of identity.

Elise Bryant

Elise Bryant is releasing her debut novel, "Happily Ever Afters," in January of 2021. She also plans to release a second novel for HarperCollins in Spring 2022.  Bryant’s young adult novels tell stories about the positive experiences of Black youth in the US....

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Loan Le

Loan Le holds an M.F.A. degree in fiction from Fairfield University, also her undergraduate alma mater. A Pushcart Prize–nominated writer, her short stories have appeared in CRAFT Literary, Mud Season Review and Angel City Review....

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Diana Ma

Diana Ma is a Chinese-American author who has degrees in creative writing from the University of Washington and the University of Illinois, Chicago. She is also part of the We Need Diverse Books Mentorship Program....

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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
William & Mary Ross Foundation

Key Sponsors

Early Childhood Learning is Essential
Marshall Foundation

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