Festival of Books

About the Festival

Tucson Festival of Books 2017
March 11-12, 2017  |  9:30am - 5:30pm
University of Arizona Campus

 “When I look back, I am so impressed again with the life-giving power of literature. If I were a young person today, trying to gain a sense of myself in the world, I would do that again by reading, just as I did when I was young.” 
— Maya Angelou
 
The Tucson Festival of Books provides a unique opportunity to gather authors and readers for conversations that transcend ink and paper. That is why the UA College of Social and Behavioral Sciences is pleased to partner with the festival. The college’s 300+ faculty publish dozens of books annually to share their work to a broad audience. Our faculty can be found throughout the festival as featured authors and panel moderators. Check the schedules below to find when they will appear in the college's pavilion and in other places throughout the festival.

SBS Sessions

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Saturday, March 11

10:00 AM
Location - SBS Pavilion
A Conversation on Segregated Spaces

UA College of SBS faculty authors Tyina Steptoe from History and Jennifer Roth-Gordon from Anthropology join Jeff Chang and Reginald Dwayne Betts in a conversation exploring the many ways in which racially segregated spaces are constructed through language, law, and culture in the United States and Brazil. Maribel Alvarez from the UA School of Anthropology and Southwest Center, and Executive Director of the Southwest Folklife Alliance, moderates.

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Reginald Dwayne Betts
Jeff Chang
Jennifer Roth-Gordon
Tyina Steptoe
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Moderated by: Maribel Alvarez
11:30 AM
Location - SBS Pavilion
Poetry Reading: Juan Felipe Herrera

Twenty-first Poet Laureate of the United States, performance artist, activist, and teacher Juan Felipe Herrera has authored more than a dozen collections of poetry and numerous books in varied genres (including short stories and children’s literature) about Mexican American and Indigenous cultures. He reads from four decades of his work on the College of SBS stage. Moderator Farid Matuk is an Assistant Professor of English at UA and an accomplished poet, translator, and essayist.

Juan Felipe Herrera
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Moderated by: Farid Matuk
11:30 AM
Location - Integrated Learning Center Room 151
Workshop on Translation

UA Adjunct Lecturer in English John Washington shares his expertise in translating books from Spanish to English, including "The History of Violence: Living and Dying in Central America" by Oscar Martinez, co-translated with Daniela Ugaz. 

John Washington
1:00 PM
Location - SBS Pavilion
Tucson Youth Poetry Slam

Tucson Youth Poetry Slam’s young poets will grace the SBS stage, sharing their own electric poems and engaging with the work of Emmy Pérez, winner of a 2017 National Endowment for the Arts fellowship in poetry and author of the recent book, "With the River on Our Face." This event is made possible through the College of SBS’s community partnership with the Tucson Youth Poetry Slam and their coordinator (and moderator of the event), Sarah Gonzales.

Emmy Pérez
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Moderated by: Sarah Gonzales
1:00 PM
Location - Integrated Learning Center Room 151
Workshop on the Essay

Ander Monson— UA Director of Creative Writing, Professor of English, editor and publisher of the journal DIAGRAM and the New Michigan Press, and the winner of the Graywolf Prize in nonfiction and the Annie Dillard prize in creative nonfiction— joins contributors to “How We Speak to One Another” to explore the essay as a vibrant and multifaceted literary genre, generating new ways to converse through writing.

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Steven Church
Megan Kimble
Aisha Sabatini Sloan
Will Slattery
Katherine Standefer
Nicole Walker
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Moderated by: Ander Monson
2:30 PM
Location - SBS Pavilion
Scapegoats: How Islamophobia Helps Our Enemies and Threatens Our Freedoms

Global media commentator and human rights attorney Arsalan Iftikhar speaks with Executive Director of the National Institute for Civil Discourse Carolyn Lukensmeyer about his new book, "Scapegoats: How Islamaphobia Helps our Enemies and Threatens our Freedoms," addressing hate speech and anti-Muslim rhetoric in American culture and highlighting the continued importance of respect and civility. The National Institute for Civil Discourse is housed within the School of Government and Public Policy in the College of SBS.

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Arsalan Iftikhar
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Moderated by: Carolyn Lukensmeyer
2:30 PM
Location - Integrated Learning Center Room 130
The Mythic West

UA Professor of English Jennifer Jenkins joins Pulitzer Prize-winning author and journalist Glenn Frankel and former New York Times writer Tom Clavin to discuss how history becomes part of popular culture through the stories of Dodge City, the wickedest town in the West; the making of the movie classic High Noon; and how Western Ways films helped create the Southwest's regional identity. 

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Tom Clavin
Glenn Frankel
Jennifer Jenkins
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Moderated by: Herb Stratford
4:00 PM
Location - SBS Pavilion
Conflict and Coexistence: What Animals Can Teach Us About Our Humanity

Alison Hawthorne Deming and Steven Church look at human relationships with the natural world, examining the many ways animals in particular both challenge and contribute to our humanity.  Deming is a Professor of Creative Writing in the College of SBS, the Agnese Nelms Haury Chair in Environmental and Social Justice, and the winner of a Guggenheim Fellowship, two National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships in poetry, a Wallace Stegner Fellowship, a Walt Whitman Award, and a Pushcart Prize. Moderator Christopher Cokinos is a UA Professor of English and winner of the Whiting Award and the Glasgow Prize.

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Steven Church
Alison Hawthorne Deming
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Moderated by: Christopher Cokinos

Sunday, March 12

9:00 AM
Location - SBS Pavilion
American Friends Service Committee of Arizona

The American Friends Service Committee of Arizona shares its work, which challenges the dominant narrative of crime, punishment, and justice, and reads poems from writers on both sides of the prison walls. This session is made possible by the College of SBS’s community partnership with AFSC.

Moderated by: Grace Gámez, Criminal Justice Program Associate at AFSC Arizona
10:00 AM
Location - SBS Pavilion
Poetry and Prison

Sponsored by the American Friends Service Committee, NAACP Image Award winner and national spokesperson for the Campaign for Youth Justice Reginald Dwayne Betts and UA Professor Emeritus of English Richard Shelton discuss their experiences teaching and learning creative writing in prison, as well as the transformative power of poetry.

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Reginald Dwayne Betts
Richard Shelton
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Moderated by: Ken Lamberton
10:00 AM
Location - Student Union, Kiva Room
Poetry Reading: Emmy Pérez and Johanna Skibsrud

UA English professor and Giller Prize winner Johanna Skibsrud reads from her latest collection, “The Description of the World,” with 2017 National Endowment for the Arts fellowship winner Emmy Pérez, who reads from "With the River on Our Face.”

Emmy Pérez
Johanna Skibsrud
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Moderated by: Kristen Buckles
11:30 AM
Location - SBS Pavilion
We Gon’ Be Alright: Notes on Race and Resegregation

Jeff Chang – Executive Director of the Institute for Diversity in the Arts, whose work is described as provocative, thought-provoking, troubling, but ultimately hopeful – explores the rise and fall of notions of diversity and the complexity of current race relations in a discussion of his recent book, "We Gon' Be Alright: Notes on Race and Resegregation." Maribel Alvarez, Executive Director of the Southwest Folklife Alliance, UA Anthropology Professor, and Associate Research Social Scientist at the Southwest Center is the recipient of the Agnese Nelms Haury Fellowship for Environmental and Social Justice.  

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Jeff Chang
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Moderated by: Maribel Alvarez
1:00 PM
Location - SBS Pavilion
How We Speak to One Another: Conversations on the Essay

Ander Monson— UA Director of Creative Writing, Professor of English, editor and publisher of the journal DIAGRAM and the New Michigan Press, and the winner of the Graywolf Prize in nonfiction and the Annie Dillard prize in creative nonfiction— joins contributors to "How We Speak to One Another" to read from and discuss the essays featured in this volume, giving context to the flexibility and vitality of the essay as a literary form.

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Steven Church
Megan Kimble
Aisha Sabatini Sloan
Will Slattery
Katherine Standefer
Nicole Walker
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Moderated by: Ander Monson
2:30 PM
Location - SBS Pavilion
On Brainwashing, Automation, and Politics

UA Professor of English and winner of the Norman Foerster Prize Scott Selisker joins John Nichols, National Affairs Correspondent at The Nation, to discuss how changes in technology, economics, science, cinema, and literature have shaped our conversations— and our realities— around freedom, democracy, and political choice. The session is moderated by Marv Waterstone, Professor Emeritus of Geography and Development and co-instructor, with Noam Chomsky, of “What is Politics?”

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John Nichols
Scott Selisker
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Moderated by: Marv Waterstone
2:30 PM
Location - Student Union, Kiva Room
Poetry Reading: Alison Hawthorne Deming and Dwayne Betts

UA Professor of English, Guggenheim Fellow, and Pushcart Prize winner Alison Hawthorne Deming reads from her latest poetry collection, "Stairway to Heaven," with NAACP Image Award winner Reginald Dwayne Betts, who reads from his second book of poetry, “Bastards of the Reagan Era.”

Reginald Dwayne Betts
Alison Hawthorne Deming
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Moderated by: Sarah Kortemeier
3:00 PM
Location - Science Cafe
Jeremy Vetter on Field Life: Science in the American West During the Railroad Era

UA Professor of History Jeremy Vetter appears at the Science Café tent to give an interactive talk and answer questions about both his research and his latest book, "Field Life: Science in the American West During the Railroad Era."

Jeremy Vetter
4:00 PM
Location - SBS Pavilion
Migrant Deaths in the Arizona Desert

UA Lecturer in Mexican American Studies and head of the Binational Migration Institute Raquel Rubio-Goldsmith and UA Professor Emeritus of Sociology Celestino Fernández, coeditors of the volume "Migrant Deaths in the Arizona Desert: La vida no vale nada," speak with UA Department Head and Professor of Mexican American Studies Anna Ochoa O’Leary and UA Anthropology alumna and Executive Director of the Colibrí Center for Human Rights Robin Reineke about immigration through the United States’ southern border and how it is studied. They also address the tragic results of government immigration policies and remember the thousands of migrants who have lost their lives crossing the desert. 

Celestino Fernández
Anna Ochoa O’Leary
Robin Reineke
Raquel Rubio-Goldsmith
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Moderated by: Maribel Alvarez

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