Tucson Festival of Books

Penning the Past


Asha Lemmie, Laura McNeal and Elizabeth Silver have come to the festival with stories about well-known authors from the past. Did their own experience as authors help shape the narrative? Where do they draw the line between fact and fiction as they craft their historic novels?


Panelists
Asha Lemmie

Asha Lemmie is The New York Times best-selling author of "Fifty Words For Rain" and "The Wildest Sun." She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from Boston College and is currently a graduate student at Columbia University....

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Laura McNeal

Laura McNeal is the author of "Dark Water," a finalist for the National Book Award in Young People’s Literature in 2010, the historical novel, "The Practice House," "The Incident on the Bridge" and four critically-acclaimed novels co-written with her husband, Tom, all of them published by Knopf Books for Young Readers....

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Elizabeth Silver

Elizabeth L. Silver is the author of  “The Majority,” a novel, "The Execution of Noa P. Singleton," a novel and a memoir entitled “The Tincture of Time.” Her work has been published in seven languages and optioned for film....

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Books:
The Wildest Sun
A Novel
Asha Lemmie
Fiction / Literature
Penguin
December 2023
ISBN 9780593185711
336 pages
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Following her New York Times bestselling debut Fifty Words for Rain , Asha Lemmie's next sweeping and evocative novel follows a young woman escaping her past in postwar Paris as she searches for the larger-than-life man she believes to be her father. More/less

The Swan's Nest
Laura McNeal
Fiction / Literature
Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill
March 2024
ISBN 9781643753201
320 pages

The Majority
A Novel
Elizabeth Silver
Fiction / Literature
Penguin
July 2023
ISBN 9780593331088
384 pages