Tucson Festival of Books

2023 National Book Awards

The National Book Awards return to the Tucson Festival of Books with finalists Aaliyah Bilal, Vashti Harrison and Hanna Pylvaïnen. They will discuss the specificity required to write universal stories for readers of all ages, and the power of exceptional storytelling to make the unfamiliar feel known. Presented in partnership with the National Book Foundation.

Aaliyah Bilal

Aaliyah Bilal was born and raised in Prince George’s County, Md. She has degrees from Oberlin College and the University of London School of Oriental and African Studies. She’s published stories and essays with The Michigan Quarterly Review and The Rumpus....

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Vashti Harrison

Vashti Harrison is the #1 New York Times best-selling creator of "Little Leaders," "Little Dreamers" and "Little Legends" and National Book Award Finalist "Big." She is the illustrator of Andrea Beaty's "I Love You Like Yellow," Matthew Cherry's "Hair Love" and Stephanie V....

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Hanna Pylväinen

Hanna Pylväinen is the author of the novel "We Sinners," which received the 2012 Whiting Award, and the novel "The End of Drum-Time," a finalist for the 2023 National Book Award. She is the recipient of a Princeton Arts Fellowship at Princeton University and was a 2020-2021 Cullman Fellow at the New York Public Library; her work has appeared in Harper's, The New York Times, The New York Times Magazine and The Wall Street Journal....

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Temple Folk
Aaliyah Bilal
Fiction / Literature
Simon and Schuster
July 2023
ISBN 9781982191818
256 pages
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Vashti Harrison
Little, Brown
May 2023
ISBN 9780316353229
60 pages
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The End of Drum-Time
A Novel
Hanna Pylväinen
Fiction / Literature
Henry Holt and Company
January 2023
ISBN 9781250822901
368 pages
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