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Off to the Desert: Tucson Festival of Books

By March 8, 2016No Comments
March 11 - 13, 2016

March 11 – 13, 2016

I had twins today – sort of. That’s because it’s my book birthday for Burn Baby Burn and also for the Spanish edition of Yaqui Delgado Quiere Darte Una Paliza (translated by Teresa Mlawer). Thanks to everyone who is sending and tweeting good wishes!

So how am I celebrating the releases? By dreaming of 80 degree sunny weather and packing for the first leg of a mini book tour. First stop: Arizona – for the wonderful Tucson Book Festival this weekend.(Hopefully, it’s the book and not my winter-pale skin that’s going to burn, baby, burn.)

Here’s my schedule… everything from crafting historical fiction (with the likes of Ruta Sepetys) to breaking the culture and color barrier in publishing.


Hot Off the Press

Sat, Mar 12, 8:30 am – 9:30 am

By invitation only: Meet ten marvelous authors releasing new books the week of the Festival.

Student Union South Ballroom (Wheelchair accessible)

Panelists: C. J. Box, Douglas Brinkley, Jeffery Deaver, Amy Hatvany, J. A. Jance, Lisa Lutz, Meg Medina, John Nichols, T. Jefferson Parker, Chris Pavone; Moderator: Jennifer Lee Carrell

Fight or Flight: Surviving School

Sat, Mar 12, 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

High school and middle school can be extremely difficult for teens who daily face bullying by peers and cliques that exclude anyone seen as “different” or “weird”. These YA authors will talk about how the characters in their books respond to rejection, exclusion, and bullying and why these books matter to teens.

Education Room 351 (Seats 48, Wheelchair accessible)

Signing area: Signing Area – Children / Teen (following presentation)

Panelists: Zac Brewer, Cammie McGovern, Meg Medina, Tommy Wallach; Moderator: Kevin Spink


BurnBabyBurn_cvrSktch-7 copy 2Taking Control of Your Life

Life can sometimes feel out of control for children and teens as they face difficult situations. Authors will share the ways in which their characters try to take back control of their lives within historical contexts where they are experiencing danger and fear.

Education Room 353 (Seats 117, Wheelchair accessible)

Sun, Mar 13, 10:00 am – 11:00 am

Signing area: Signing Area – Children / Teen (following presentation)

Panelists: Dan Gemeinhart, Meg Medina, Ruta Sepetys; Moderator: Marina Welmers

51o4V725fOL._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_Interview with Meg Medina

Sun, Mar 13, 11:30 am – 12:00 pm

Teen Audio Tent (Seats 6)

Panelist: Meg Medina

Americans All: Breaking the Color Barrier in Mainstream Publishing

Sun, Mar 13, 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Authors Cathy Camper (Lowriders in Space) and Meg Medina (Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass) will share strategies for creating and promoting best-selling teen and kid fiction featuring strong, diverse protagonists.

Pima County Public Library/Nuestras Raíces/Presentation Stage (Seats 150)

Nuestras Raices

Signing area: Pima County Public Library/Nuestras Raices/Sales & Signing Area (following presentation)

Panelists: Cathy Camper, Meg Medina;Moderator: Gina Macaluso

Bright air balloons

Tucson Festival of Books

1209 E. University, Room 104

Tucson Arizona 85721-0019

Saturday, March 12 & Sunday, March 13, 2016

University of Arizona Campus

where words and imagination come to life

Meg Medina

Author Meg Medina

I'm Meg Medina, author of libros for kids of all ages. I'm the 2019 Newbery medalist for Merci Suárez Changes Gears. I write strong girls, tough circumstances, and the connecting power of culture. Thanks for visiting my blog!

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