March 2022

It Takes a Pueblo

Arizona authors Alberto Álvaro Ríos and Lydia R. Otero will discuss their newest books, both of which explore the power of place and community along the border. How much is lost when families are dislocated altogether? Living where we do, these are things for all of us to think about.

Lydia Otero

Being born and raised in Tucson with deep family roots on both sides of the Arizona-Sonora border inspired Lydia R. Otero's interest in regional history. In 2011, Otero received their first book award from the Border Regional Library Association for "La Calle: Spatial Conflicts and Urban Renewal in a Southwest City," and in 2019, Arizona’s César E....

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Alberto Álvaro Ríos

Alberto Álvaro Ríos, born in 1952 in Nogales, Ariz., is the author of 10 books and chapbooks of poetry, three collections of short stories and a memoir. His books of poems include, most recently, "A Small Story about the Sky," "The Dangerous Shirt," "The Theater of Night," winner of the 2007 PEN/Beyond Margins Award, "The Smallest Muscle in the Human Body," a finalist for the National Book Award, "Teodoro Luna's Two Kisses," "The Lime Orchard Woman," "The Warrington Poems," "Five Indiscretions" and "Whispering to Fool the Wind....

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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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