Tucson Festival of Books

It Wasn't Easy


Meg Kissinger, Britany Means and Safiya Sinclair have come to the festival with memoirs detailing difficult childhoods in sometimes chaotic family environments. Why did they want to share their stories? What messages were they hoping to leave with us, the readers?


Panelists
Meg Kissinger

Meg Kissinger's engaging memoir will have you look at mental illness in a whole new light. She spent more than two decades traveling across the country writing about America’s broken mental health system for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel....

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Brittany Means

Brittany Means is a Chicana writer and editor living in Albuquerque, N.M. A graduate of Iowa's Master of Fine Arts Nonfiction Writing Program, Means has worked with Inara Verzemnieks and Kiese Laymon....

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Safiya Sinclair

Safiya Sinclair was born and raised in Montego Bay, Jamaica. She is the author of the poetry collection "Cannibal," winner of a Whiting Writers’ Award, the American Academy of Arts and Letters’ Metcalf Award in Literature, the OCM Bocas Prize for Caribbean Poetry and the Prairie Schooner Book Prize in Poetry....

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Books:
While You Were Out
An Intimate Family Portrait of Mental Illness in an Era of Silence
Meg Kissinger
Memoir / Essays / Creative Nonfiction
Celadon Books
September 2023
ISBN 9781250793775
320 pages

Hell If We Don't Change Our Ways
A Memoir
Brittany Means
Memoir / Essays / Creative Nonfiction
Zibby Books
October 2023
ISBN 9798985282894
352 pages
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How to Say Babylon
A Memoir
Safiya Sinclair
Memoir / Essays / Creative Nonfiction
Simon & Schuster
October 2023
ISBN 9781982132330
352 pages
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