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

My Story, My Truth

Two very different young adult stories with a common theme: how does one navigate the path to one’s true self while living within the confines of a Latinx family’s traditional roles? Learn how these authors help reshape common stereotypes.

Yamile Mendez

Yamile Saied Méndez is a fútbol-obsessed Argentine-American. She lives in Utah with her Puerto Rican husband and their five kids, two adorable dogs and one majestic cat. An inaugural Walter Dean Myers Grant recipient, she’s also a graduate of Voices of Our Nations (VONA) and the Vermont College of Fine Arts M....

Aiden Thomas

Aiden Thomas is a New York Times best-selling author with an M.F.A. in creative writing from Mills College. Originally from Oakland, California, they now make their home in Portland, Oregon. As a queer, trans Latinx, Thomas advocates strongly for diverse representation in all media....

Yamile Mendez
Nuestras Raices
Algonquin Books
September 2020
ISBN 9781616209919
Hardcover, 368 pages
$17.95, INSTORE
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"In Furia, Saied Méndez captures both the breathless beauty of fútbol and the depth of its political power. More/less

Cemetery Boys
Aiden Thomas
Nuestras Raices
Feiwel & Friends
September 2020
ISBN 9781250250469
Hardcover, 352 pages
$17.99, INSTORE
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A trans boy determined to prove his gender to his traditional Latinx family summons a ghost who refuses to leave in Aiden Thomas's New York Times-bestselling paranormal Young Adult debut Cemetery Boys, described by Entertainment Weekly as groundbreaking. More/less

Named Sponsors

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

Key Sponsors

Early Childhood Learning is Essential
Marshall Foundation

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