Tucson Festival of Books

Heartache and Humor


Three of our favorite authors -- Jonathan Escoffery, Andrew Sean Greer and Rasheed Newson -- discuss how they balance levity and seriousness when writing about challenging topics.


Panelists
Jonathan Escoffery

Jonathan Escoffery is the author of the linked story collection, "If I Survive You," a New York Times Editor's Choice, an IndieNext Pick, and a National Bestseller. "If I Survive You" has been long-listed for the National Book Award, the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence, the Aspen Words Literary Prize, and is a finalist for the Southern Book Prize and the California Bookseller Alliance’s Golden Poppy Award....

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Andrew Sean Greer

Andrew Sean Greer is the Pulitzer Prize winning author of seven works of fiction, including the bestsellers "The Confessions of Max Tivoli" and "Less." "Less Is Lost" is Greer's latest work. Greer has taught at a number of universities, including the Iowa Writers Workshop, been a TODAY show pick, a New York Public Library Cullman Center Fellow, a judge for the National Book Award, and a winner of the California Book Award and the New York Public Library Young Lions Award....

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Rasheed Newson

Rasheed Newson is a writer and producer of "Bel-Air," "The Chi," and "Narcos." He currently resides in Pasadena, Calif. with his husband and two children. "My Government Means to Kill Me" is his debut novel....

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Books:
If I Survive You
Jonathan Escoffery
Fiction / Literature
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
September 2022
ISBN 9780374605988
272 pages

"If I Survive You is a collection of connected short stories that reads like a novel, that reads like real life, that reads like fiction written at the highest level. More/less

Less Is Lost
Andrew Sean Greer
Fiction / Literature
Little Brown
September 2022
ISBN 9780316498906
272 pages

My Government Means to Kill Me
A Novel
Rasheed Newson
Fiction / Literature
Flatiron Books
August 2022
ISBN 9781250833525
288 pages