Tucson Festival of Books

Harmoniously Flawed: Living in Complicated Communities

Authors Gabriel Bump, Bonnie Jo Campbell, and Ayana Mathis discuss the challenges involved when presenting flawed communities ... and how to balance all of the challenging characters and darker moments against characters with more integrity and hopeful undertones

Gabriel Bump

Gabriel Bump grew up in South Shore, Chicago. He received his Master of Fine Arts in fiction from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. His debut novel, "Everywhere You Don't Belong," was a New York Times Notable Book of 2020 and has won the Ernest J....


Bonnie Jo Campbell

Bonnie Jo Campbell is the best-selling author of six books of fiction, including "Mothers, Tell Your Daughters," "Once Upon a River," which has been adapted into an award-winning feature film, and "American Salvage," which was a National Book Award Finalist....

Ayana Mathis

Ayana Mathis is the author of "The Twelve Tribes of Hattie" (Knopf, 2012) and most recently, "The Unsettled" (Knopf, 2023) which was named a New York Times Notable Book of the Year, Washington Post Notable Book of 2023, a best of 2023 by The New Yorker, Publisher’s Weekly, an Oprah Daily Best Novels of 2023, and a Kirkus Reviews Best Books of 2023....

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The New Naturals
Gabriel Bump
Fiction / Literature
Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill
January 2023
ISBN 9781616208806
304 pages
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The Waters
A Novel
Bonnie Jo Campbell
Fiction / Literature
W. W. Norton, Incorporated
January 2024
ISBN 9780393248432
400 pages

The Unsettled
A novel
Ayana Mathis
Fiction / Literature
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
September 2023
ISBN 9780525519935
336 pages
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