Tucson Festival of Books

Celebrating Southwest Books of the Year: Fiction

The members of the Pima County Public Library’s Southwest Books of the Year committee read dozens of novels each year, choosing only a very few of them to honor for their excellence. Please join us as this year’s honorees—Brendan Shay Basham (Swim Home to the Vanished), Stacie Shannon Denetsosie (The Missing Morningstar), Tod Goldberg (Gangsters Don’t Die), and Manuel Muñoz (The Consequences)—read from and discuss their prizewinning work. Please come with questions for them!

Brendan Basham

Brendan Shay Basham (Diné) is Tó ts’ohnii and Bit’ahnii, born for bilagáana (Scottish, Irish, English, German). He is a fiction writer, poet, educator and former chef. Brendan was born in Alaska and raised in northern Arizona....

Stacie Denetsosie

Stacie Shannon Denetsosie is a citizen of the Navajo Nation; her clans are Todích'íí'nii (Bitterwater Clan), born for Naakaii (Mexican Clan). She is from Kayenta, Ariz. but currently resides in Northern Utah....

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Tod Goldberg

Tod Goldberg is The New York Times best-selling author of 14 books of fiction, including the acclaimed Gangsterland series—"Gangsterland," a finalist for the Hammett Prize; "Gangster Nation," and "Gangsters Don’t Die"—the short story collection "The Low Desert," a Southwest Book of the Year, and "Living Dead Girl," a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize....

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Manuel Muñoz

Manuel Muñoz is the author of three collections of short stories: "The Consequences," published by Graywolf Press in 2022, "The Faith Healer of Olive Avenue" and "Zigzagger." His novel, "What You See in the Dark," was published in 2011....

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Swim Home to the Vanished
Brendan Basham
Southwest Books of the Year
HarperCollins Publishers
August 2023
ISBN 9780063241084
240 pages
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The Missing Morningstar
And Other Stories
Stacie Denetsosie
Southwest Books of the Year
Torrey House Press
September 2023
ISBN 9781948814850
144 pages

Gangsters Don't Die
A Novel
Tod Goldberg
Southwest Books of the Year
September 2023
ISBN 9781640093041
384 pages

The Consequences
Manuel Muñoz
Nuestras Raices
Graywolf Press
October 2022
ISBN 9781644452066
224 pages