Tucson Festival of Books

Social Thrillers: Confronting Influence and Power


Social thrillers engage readers in high-octane action within the context of social justice issues. In these books, teens deal with power and influence and work to reveal and challenge injustice. Nick Brooks and Ari Tison uncover inequity in the treatment of teen boys of color within school context and Brittney Morris follows a group of teens working to save their community.


Panelists
Nick Brooks

Nick Brooks is an author and award-winning filmmaker from Washington, D.C. He is a 2020 graduate of the University of Southern California's TV and Film Production program. His short film, "Hoop Dreamin'," earned him the George Lucas Scholar Award and was a finalist in the Forbes 30 Under 30 Film Fest....

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Brittney Morris

Brittney Morris is the bestselling author of "SLAY," "The Cost of Knowing," "Marvel's Spider-Man: Miles Morales - Wings of Fury" and "The Jump." She also writes video games and has contributed to projects such as The Lost Legends of Redwall, Subnautica: Below Zero and Spider-Man 2 for PS5....

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Ari Tison

Ari Tison is a Bribri (Indigenous Costa Rican) American and African descended poet and storyteller. Her poems and short works have been published in Yellow Medicine Review, The Under Review, Rock & Sling and POETRY's first ever edition for children....

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Books:
Promise Boys
Nick Brooks
Children / Teens
Henry Holt and Company (BYR)
January 2023
ISBN 9781250866974
304 pages

The Jump
Brittney Morris
Children / Teens
Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
March 2023
ISBN 9781665903981
336 pages

Saints of the Household
Ari Tison
Children / Teens
Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
January 2023
ISBN 9780374389499
304 pages