Tucson Festival of Books

And So It Begins

Jonathan Escoffery, Kate Folk, and Caroline Frost all come to the festival with critically acclaimed, bestselling debut books. How did they do it? Where did they begin? Today, they will discuss their own journeys and the books that brought them to Tucson.

Jonathan Escoffery

Jonathan Escoffery is the author of the linked story collection, "If I Survive You," a New York Times Editor's Choice, an IndieNext Pick, and a National Bestseller. "If I Survive You" has been long-listed for the National Book Award, the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence, the Aspen Words Literary Prize, and is a finalist for the Southern Book Prize and the California Bookseller Alliance’s Golden Poppy Award....

Visit website | Facebook Twitter Instagram

Kate Folk

Kate Folk is the author of "Out There," a story collection. She has written for publications including The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, One Story, Granta, McSweeney’s Quarterly Concern and Zyzzyva....

Visit website | Twitter Instagram

Caroline Frost

Caroline Frost is the author of "Shadows of Pecan Hollow," which won the 2022 Crook's Corner Book Prize for best first novel. A native of Texas, she earned a graduate degree at the University of Southern California and now is a licensed marriage and family therapist who lives with her husband and three children in Los Angeles....

If I Survive You
Jonathan Escoffery
Fiction / Literature
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
September 2022
ISBN 9780374605988
272 pages

"If I Survive You is a collection of connected short stories that reads like a novel, that reads like real life, that reads like fiction written at the highest level. More/less

Out There
Kate Folk
Fiction / Literature
Random House Publishing Group
December 2022
ISBN 9780593231487
272 pages

Shadows of Pecan Hollow
A Novel
Caroline Frost
Fiction / Literature
HarperCollins Publishers
February 2022
ISBN 9780063065345
416 pages