March 2022

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.


Panelists
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....

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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