Tucson Festival of Books

Diné Literary Debuts

Stacie Shannon Denetsosie, a member of the Navajo Nation whose clans are Todích'íí'nii (Bitterwater), born for Naakaii Dine'é (Mexican), and Brendan Shay Basham (Diné) who is Tó Ts’ohnii (Big Water) and Bit’ahnii (Folded-Arms People), born for bilagáana (Irish, Scottish, English, German) discuss themes of loss and hope in their respective first books.

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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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