Tucson Festival of Books

Tough Beginnings


David Ambroz, Joseph Thomas and Javier Zamora all survived tumultuous childhoods. Be it immigration, poverty, drug abuse or mental illness, they somehow emerged victorious. What kept them going? How did these experience shape the people they are today?


Panelists
David Ambroz

David Ambroz is a national poverty and child welfare expert and advocate. He was recognized by President Obama as an American Champion of Change. He currently serves as the Head of Community Engagement (West) for Amazon....

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Javier Zamora

Javier Zamora was born in La Herradura, El Salvador in 1990. When he was a year old, his father fled El Salvador due to the US-funded Salvadoran Civil War. His mother followed her husband’s footsteps in 1995 when Javier was about to turn five....

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Books:
A Place Called Home
A Memoir
David Ambroz
Memoir / Essays / Creative Nonfiction
Grand Central Publishing
September 2022
ISBN 9780306903540

Solito
A Memoir
Javier Zamora
Memoir / Essays / Creative Nonfiction
Random House Publishing Group
September 2022
ISBN 9780593498064
400 pages