Tucson Festival of Books

It's Academic


From grade school to graduate school, it's always fun to explore the lives of educators, researchers, and explorers who work there. Today, three romance authors will discuss how they applied their own backgrounds to the academic lives of their characters. They will explore why education and research make great settings for romance.


Panelists
Anita Kelly

Originally from a small town in the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania, Anita Kelly now lives in the Pacific Northwest with their family. An educator by day, they write romance that celebrates queer love in all its infinite possibilities....

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Alicia Thompson

Alicia Thompson is a writer, reader and Paramore superfan. As a teen, she appeared in an episode of "48 hours" in the audience of a local murder trial, where she broke the fourth wall by looking directly into the camera....

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J. Vanessa Lyon

J. Vanessa Lyon is the author of "The Groves" (an Audible Original),"Meet Me in Madrid," under the pseudonym Verity Lowell and most recently "Lush Lives." A James Baldwin fellow at MacDowell and Fulbright Scholar, she is an art historian and former appraiser who teaches at Bennington College in Vermont....

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Jo Segura

Jo Segura lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and doggo, who vies for her attention with his sweet puppy dog eyes whenever she's trying to write (her dog, that is... though sometimes her husband, too)....

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Books:
How You Get the Girl
Anita Kelly
Romance
Grand Central Publishing
February 2024
ISBN 9781538754917
384 pages
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With Love, from Cold World
Alicia Thompson
Romance
Penguin
August 2023
ISBN 9780593438671
400 pages
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Lush Lives
J. Vanessa Lyon
Romance
Roxane Gay Books
January 2023
ISBN 9780802161987
352 pages
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Raiders of the Lost Heart
Jo Segura
Romance
Penguin
December 2023
ISBN 9780593547465
368 pages
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