Tucson Festival of Books

She Persisted

In this session, Laurie Albanese, Sadeqa Johnson, and Nghi Vo will discuss ways their protagonists refuse to let other people - and social norms - stand in the way of making their dreams a reality.

Laurie Albanese

Laurie Lico Albanese is an award-winning novelist and journalist. Hester is an Audible Best Book of 2022, an IndieNext and Canadian and American Librarians October 2022 selection, a Gillian Flynn Best Books of Fall 2022, a Book of the Month club selection, and a finalist in the Goodreads Best Books of the Year....

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Sadeqa Johnson

Sadeqa Johnson is the award-winning author of "And Then There Was Me," "Second House From the Corner," "Love in a Carry-on Bag" and "Yellow Wife." "Yellow Wife" is a 2022 Hurston/Wright Foundation Legacy nominee, a BCLA Literary Honoree and a Barnes & Noble book club pick in paperback....

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Nghi Vo

Nghi Vo is the author of the novels "Siren Queen" and "The Chosen and the Beautiful," as well as the acclaimed novellas "Into the Riverlands," "When the Tiger Came Down the Mountain" and "The Empress of Salt and Fortune," a Locus and Ignyte Award finalist and the winner of the Crawford Award and the Hugo Award....

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A Novel
Laurie Albanese
Fiction / Literature
St. Martin's Publishing Group
October 2022
ISBN 9781250278555
Hardcover, 336 pages

A vivid reimagining of the woman who inspired The Scarlet Letter, and a journey into the enduring legacy of New England's witchcraft trials. More/less

Siren Queen
Nghi Vo
Fiction / Literature
Tor Publishing Group
May 2022
ISBN 9781250788832
288 pages

The House of Eve
Sadeqa Johnson
Fiction / Literature
Simon & Schuster
March 2023
ISBN 9781982197360
352 pages

From the award-winning author of Yellow Wife, a daring, beautiful, and redemptive novel that explores what it means to be a woman and a mother, and how much one is willing to sacrifice to achieve her greatest goal. More/less