Tucson Festival of Books

An Afternoon with the National Book Awards

Join National Book Award finalists Toluse Olorunnipa, Robert Samuel and Jamil Jan Kochai for a cross-genre conversation on capturing the stories that haunt us. This session is being presented in partnership with the National Book Foundation and will be moderated by Natalie Green, the foundation's director of programs.

Jamil Kochai

Jamil Jan Kochai is the author of "The Haunting of Hajji Hotak and Other Stories," a finalist for the National Book Award for Fiction. His novel "99 Nights in Logar" was a finalist for the Pen/Hemingway Award for Debut Novel and the DSC Prize for South Asian Literature....

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Toluse Olorunnipa

Toluse "Tolu" Olorunnipa is the White House Bureau Chief for The Washington Post, and the co-author of "His Name is George Floyd." Covering three presidents, he has reported from five continents with the president's press corps....


Robert Samuels

Robert Samuels is a national enterprise reporter for The Washington Post who focuses on politics, policy and the American identity. He co-authored "His Name is George Floyd: One Man's Life and the Struggle for Racial Justice....

His Name Is George Floyd
One Man's Life and the Struggle for Racial Justice
Toluse Olorunnipa, Robert Samuels
Current Issues / Politics / Social Science
May 2022
ISBN 9780593490617
432 pages

The Haunting of Hajji Hotak and Other Stories
Jamil Kochai
Fiction / Literature
July 2022
ISBN 9780593297193
288 pages