Tucson Festival of Books

Breaking Free: Journeys Out of Extremism


What does it take to enter, and then leave, extreme religious or social movements? What can we learn from the journeys of these extraordinary women who found their way back from the MAGA movement, ISIS and the Rastafarian culture in Jamaica?


Panelists
Tina Nguyen

In 2008, Tina Nguyen was a politics-obsessed college student unwittingly drawn into the world of conservative college activism. In 2015, when she went to Vanity Fair, the world of the far right chased after her as Donald Trump rose to power....

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Jessica Roy

Jessica Roy is a journalist and editor who splits her time between Paris and the U.S. Previously, she served as the Digital Director of ELLE Magazine, where she oversaw content and strategy for ELLE....

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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:
The MAGA Diaries
My Surreal Adventures Inside the Right-Wing (And How I Got Out)
Tina Nguyen
Memoir / Essays / Creative Nonfiction
Atria/One Signal Publishers
January 2024
ISBN 9781982189693
272 pages
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American Girls
One Woman's Journey into the Islamic State and Her Sister's Fight to Bring Her Home
Jessica Roy
Memoir / Essays / Creative Nonfiction
Scribner
January 2024
ISBN 9781982151317
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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