Tucson Festival of Books

Coming of Age in America


Three popular authors have come to Tucson with colorful, diverse, terrifying and joyful looks into growing up in the USA. There is the warmth and familiarity of a family restaurant; a family ravaged by mental illness and victimized by a flawed mental health system; and a family navigating the divide between mainstream "American" culture and and a Native heritage.


Panelists
Curtis Chin

A co-founder of the Asian American Writers’ Workshop in New York City, Curtis Chin served as the non-profit's first executive director. He went on to write for network and cable television before transitioning to social justice documentaries....

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Meg Kissinger

Meg Kissinger's engaging memoir will have you look at mental illness in a whole new light. She spent more than two decades traveling across the country writing about America’s broken mental health system for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel....

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Deborah Taffa

Deborah Jackson Taffa is the director of the Master of Fine Arts creative writing program at The Institute of American Indian Arts. Her memoir, "Whiskey Tender," was named one of the most anticipated books to watch for in 2024 by Zibby Media....

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Books:
Everything I Learned, I Learned in a Chinese Restaurant
A Memoir
Curtis Chin
Memoir / Essays / Creative Nonfiction
Little Brown
October 2023
ISBN 9780316507653
304 pages
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While You Were Out
An Intimate Family Portrait of Mental Illness in an Era of Silence
Meg Kissinger
Memoir / Essays / Creative Nonfiction
Celadon Books
September 2023
ISBN 9781250793775
320 pages
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Whiskey Tender
A Memoir
Deborah Taffa
Memoir / Essays / Creative Nonfiction
HARPERCOLLINS
February 2024
ISBN 9780063288515
304 pages
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