Tucson Festival of Books

Badass Women with Badass Heroines

Join Etaf Rum, Margot Douaihy, and Sarah Tomlinson... three fierce female writers who bring us kick-butt heroines. How do they capture the attitude and grit so perfectly while still having well-rounded and complex characters?

Margot Douaihy

Margot Douaihy lives in Northampton, Mass. and teaches creative writing at Emerson College. She is the author of the crime novel "Scorched Grace," which was named a best book of 2023 by Apple Books, Barnes & Noble, BookPage and Marie Claire, among others....

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Etaf Rum

The daughter of Palestinian immigrants, Etaf Rum was born and raised in Brooklyn, N.Y. She has a Master of Arts in American and British Literature as well as undergraduate degrees in Philosophy and English Composition and teaches undergraduate courses in North Carolina, where she lives with her two children....

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Sarah Tomlinson

Sarah Tomlinson, a former music journalist, has been a ghostwriter since 2008, penning more than 20 books, including five New York Times best-sellers. In 2015, she published the father-daughter memoir, "Good Girl....

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Evil Eye
A Novel
Etaf Rum
Fiction / Literature
HarperCollins Publishers
September 2023
ISBN 9780062987907
352 pages
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Raised in a conservative and emotionally volatile Palestinian family in Brooklyn, Yara thought she would finally feel free when she married a charming entrepreneur who took her to the suburbs. More/less

Blessed Water
A Sister Holiday Mystery
Margot Douaihy
Mystery / Thrillers
March 2024
ISBN 9781638930266
288 pages

The Last Days of the Midnight Ramblers
A Novel
Sarah Tomlinson
Fiction / Literature
Flatiron Books
February 2024
ISBN 9781250890481
304 pages