Tucson Festival of Books

Dark Fantasy: Grief, Love and the Unknown

Fantasies are often grand adventures of quests to save the world, but sometimes those adventures are journeys of grief and love in a struggle with the unknown. Guadalupe Garcia McCall tells a gothic Mexican tale of family trauma and healing while Joanna Ruth Meyer's fantasy revolves around a teen's identity and agency and A.G. Howard invites readers into a gritty cyberpunk fantasy world.

Guadalupe Garcia McCall

Guadalupe García McCall is the bestselling author of "Summer of the Mariposas" and won the Pura Belpré Award for her first novel, "Under the Mesquite." She was born in Mexico and moved to Texas as a young girl, keeping close ties with family on both sides of the border....

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A. G. Howard

International and NYT bestselling author A. G. Howard lives in the Texas panhandle. She is most at home weaving the melancholy and macabre into settings and scenes, twisting the expected into the unexpected....

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Joanna Ruth Meyer

Joanna Ruth Meyer is the author of the critically-acclaimed "Echo North" and its companion novel "Wind Daughter," as well as the fairy-tale inspired "Into the Heartless Wood," and the duology "Beneath the Haunting Sea" and "Beyond the Shadowed Earth....

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Echoes of Grace
Guadalupe Garcia McCall
Children / Teens
Lee & Low Books, Incorporated
January 2022
ISBN 9781643794259
384 pages

Shades of Rust and Ruin
A. G. Howard
Children / Teens
Bloomsbury USA
September 2022
ISBN 9781547608089
400 pages

Wind Daughter
Joanna Ruth Meyer
Children / Teens
Page Street Publishing
July 2022
ISBN 9781645674368
352 pages