Tucson Festival of Books

Hope and Resilience to Resist Despair


The despair that grows out of injustice and difficult life situations can lead to hopelessness and inaction or can be the impetus to take action. The characters in these books actively resist despair through commitment to hope and a resilience that facilitates their movement to new possibilities.


Panelists
Kelly J. Baptist

Kelly J. Baptist is the inaugural winner of the We Need Diverse Books short-story contest. Her story is featured in the WNDB anthology "Flying Lessons & Other Stories" and inspired her first full-length novel, "Isaiah Dunn Is My Hero....

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Alice Faye Duncan

Alice Faye Duncan writes historical fiction to help children remember moments in history that will bolster their courage and determination. Her latest picture books include "Yellow Dog Blues" illustrated by Caldecott artist, Chris Raschka, and "Evicted—The Struggle for the Right to Vote," which is a Junior Library Guild Selection....

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Janae Marks

Janae Marks is the author of best-seller "From the Desk of Zoe Washington" and "A Soft Place to Land." Her new book is "On Air with Zoe Washington." She graduated from the New School with an MFA in Writing for Children....

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Books:
Isaiah Dunn Saves the Day
Kelly J. Baptist
Children / Teens
Random House Children's Books
January 2022
ISBN 9780593429211
192 pages

Evicted!
The Struggle for the Right to Vote
Alice Faye Duncan
Children / Teens
Astra Publishing House
January 2022
ISBN 9781684379798
64 pages

On Air with Zoe Washington
Janae Marks
Children / Teens
Katherine Tegen Books
February 2023
ISBN 9780063212312
304 pages

Isaiah Dunn Is My Hero
Kelly J. Baptist

Random House Children's Books
June 2021
ISBN 9780593121399
208 pages