Tucson Festival of Books

Telling Poignant Personal Stories

What brings us together? What helps us survive? Can we carve out joy in hardships, find humor in challenges? Ross Gay and Erika Sanchez, both acclaimed essayists and poets, share heartfelt stories that will make you laugh, maybe shed a tear or two, and perhaps renew your hope that the world can be a better place.

Ross Gay

Ross Gay is the author of four books of poetry: "Against Which," "Bringing the Shovel Down," "Be Holding," winner of the PEN American Literary Jean Stein Award, and "Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude," winner of the 2015 National Book Critics Circle Award and the 2016 Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award....

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Erika Sánchez

Erika Sanchez is a Mexican American poet, novelist and essayist. Her debut poetry collection, Lessons on Expulsion, was a finalist for the PEN Open Book Award. Her debut young adult novel, "I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter," was a NY Times bestseller and a National Book Award finalist....

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Inciting Joy
Ross Gay
Memoir / Essays / Creative Nonfiction
Algonquin Books
October 2022
ISBN 9781643753041
256 pages

Crying in the Bathroom
A Memoir
Erika Sánchez
Nuestras Raices
July 2022
ISBN 9780593296936
256 pages