Tucson Festival of Books

Living Your Truth as Activists and Authors


Authors often take a stance of activism in the decisions they make about whose stories they choose to tell but that activism can take many forms both inside and outside of the world of children's books. Three authors who live their truths as activists will talk about the many ways in which this activism has led them to make decisions about supporting other authors and illustrators, writing and speaking about social issues and engaging in work with social justice organizations.


Panelists
Saadia Faruqi

Saadia Faruqi was born in Pakistan and moved to the United States when she was 22 years old. She writes the Yasmin series and popular middle-grade novels such as "Yusuf Azeem Is Not a Hero." Her new series is about Marya Khan....

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Linda Sue Park

Linda Sue Park is the author of many books for young readers, including the 2002 Newbery Medal winner "A Single Shard" and the New York Times bestseller "A Long Walk to Water." Her most recent titles are "The One Thing You'd Save," a collection of linked poems, and "You Are Here: Connecting Flights....

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Aida Salazar

Aida Salazar is an award-winning author and arts activist whose writings for adults and children explore issues of identity and social justice. She is the author of the critically acclaimed middle grade verse novels "The Moon Within," "Land of the Cranes" and "A Seed in the Sun" as well as the picture book anthology "In the Spirit of a Dream: 13 Stories of American Immigrants of Color....

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Books:
Yusuf Azeem Is Not a Hero
Saadia Faruqi
Children / Teens
HarperCollins Publishers
September 2022
ISBN 9780062943231
384 pages

You Are Here: Connecting Flights
Linda Sue Park
Children / Teens
HarperCollins Publishers
March 2023
ISBN 9780063239081
272 pages

A Seed in the Sun
Aida Salazar
Children / Teens
Penguin
October 2022
ISBN 9780593406601
272 pages