Tucson Festival of Books

Stories within Stories: Mining Memory

Authors mine their memories to uncover stories within the stories of their lives. Memoir can take a range of forms from intergenerational connections to family memories to embedded folklore in the telling of their lives. These books creatively play with the memoir format.

Monica Brown

Monica Brown is the award-winning author of more than 30 children's books, including "Sharuko: Peruvian Archeologist/el arqueólogo Julio C. Tello," "Marisol McDonald Doesn't Match/no combina," "Waiting for the Biblioburro" and the Lola Levine series....

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Daniel Nayeri

Daniel Nayeri was born in Iran and spent a couple of years as a refugee before immigrating to Oklahoma at age eight with his family. His autobiographical novel, "Everything Sad is Untrue" (a true story) was the winner of the Michael L....

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Andrea Wang

Andrea Wang is an acclaimed author of children's books. Her book "Watercress" was awarded the Caldecott Medal, a Newbery Honor, the Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature and a Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor, among other accolades....

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Cuarto Turquesa
Monica Brown
Children / Teens
Lee & Low Books, Incorporated
January 2022
ISBN 9780892394357
40 pages

Everything Sad Is Untrue
(A True Story)
Daniel Nayeri
Children / Teens
Levine Querido
August 2020
ISBN 9781646140008
368 pages

Andrea Wang
Children / Teens
Holiday House
March 2021
ISBN 9780823446247
32 pages