Tucson Festival of Books

They Walked the Road Less Traveled

Meet three women with very different backgrounds who faced crossroads and made choices -- both personally and professionally -- to succeed in fields not traditionally welcoming to women: technology, screenwriting and astrobiology.

Elizabeth Camarillo Gutierrez

Elizabeth Camarillo Gutierrez was born and raised in Tucson, Ariz. as a second-generation immigrant. She graduated high school at the top of her class and in 2018, graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a degree in philosophy, politics and economics....

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Patty Lin

Patty Lin is a former TV writer and producer whose credits include "Freaks and Geeks," "Friends," "Desperate Housewives" and "Breaking Bad." She has also written pilots for Fox, CBS and Nickelodeon. Her "Breaking Bad" episode was nominated for a Writers Guild Award for Outstanding Script in the Episodic Drama category....

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Aomawa Shields

Aomawa Shields is an astronomer, an astrobiologist, the Clare Boothe Luce Associate Professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of California, Irvine and a classically-trained actor....

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My Side of the River
A Memoir
Elizabeth Camarillo Gutierrez
Memoir / Essays / Creative Nonfiction
St. Martin's Publishing Group
February 2024
ISBN 9781250277954
272 pages
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End Credits
How I Broke Up with Hollywood
Patty Lin
Memoir / Essays / Creative Nonfiction
Zibby Books
August 2023
ISBN 9798985282887
312 pages
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Life on Other Planets
A Memoir of Finding My Place in the Universe
Aomawa Shields
Science / Medicine / Technology
Penguin Publishing Group
June 2023
ISBN 9780593299180
288 pages
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