Tucson Festival of Books

2023 National Book Awards

Join 2023 National Book Award authors Jonathan Eig, Brandon Som and John Vaillant for a conversation about narrative voice ... from biography to journalism to poetry. We'll learn how they get to the truth in a way that resonates with readers, regardless of form or genre. Presented in partnership with the National Book Foundation.

Jonathan Eig

Jonathan Eig is the best-selling author of six books, most recently, "King: A Life," which The New York Times hailed as a “monumental” work that now stands as “the definitive” new biography of Martin Luther King Jr....

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Brandon Som

Brandon Som is Chicano and Chinese American poet. His most recent poetry collection, "Tripas," is a finalist for the 2023 National Book Award. He is also the author of "The Tribute Horse," which won the 2015 Kate Tufts Discovery Award....

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John Vaillant

John Vaillant's acclaimed, award-winning nonfiction books, "The Golden Spruce" and "The Tiger" were national best-sellers. His debut novel, "The Jaguar’s Children," was a finalist for the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize and the International Dublin Literary Award....

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King: A Life
Jonathan Eig
History / Biography
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
May 2023
ISBN 9780374279295
688 pages
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Brandon Som
University of Georgia Press
March 2023
ISBN 9780820363509
104 pages
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The Jaguar's Children
John Vaillant
Science / Medicine / Technology
Mariner Books, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
January 2015
ISBN 9780544570221
288 pages
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