Tucson Festival of Books

Claiming Voice: Indigenous Stories by Indigenous Authors

One exciting new trend are books featuring Indigenous characters created by Indigenous authors and illustrators. Three Indigenous authors who write different genres for different audiences will talk about this movement to provide Native stories by Native voices -- both why it matters and their views on the trends in the books being published.

Dawn Quigley

Dawn Quigley is a citizen of the Turtle Mountain Band of Ojibwe, North Dakota. The first book in her Jo Jo Makoons chapter book series was selected as a best book of the year by Kirkus Reviews, School Library Journal and American Indians in Children's Literature, and received five starred reviews; it was also chosen as a Charlotte Huck Award Honor Book....

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Ari Tison

Ari Tison is a Bribri (Indigenous Costa Rican) American and African descended poet and storyteller. Her poems and short works have been published in Yellow Medicine Review, The Under Review, Rock & Sling and POETRY's first ever edition for children....

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Daniel Vandever

Daniel Vandever (Diné) is an award-winning author and entrepreneur from Haystack, N.M. He is the CEO of South of Sunrise Creative, a strategic communications firm that helps advance education initiatives through community-based solutions....

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Apple in the Middle
Dawn Quigley
Children / Teens
North Dakota State University Press
June 2020
ISBN 9781946163219
229 pages

Saints of the Household
Ari Tison
Children / Teens
Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
January 2023
ISBN 9780374389499
304 pages

"Fall in Line, Holden!"
Daniel Vandever
Children / Teens
Salina Bookshelf, Incorporated
July 2017
ISBN 9781893354500
32 pages