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Tucson Festival of Books (TFoB) 2019

Tucson Festival of Books (TFoB) 2019

March 1, 2019

Dear WinkWorld Readers,

This weekend is the Tucson Festival of Books (TFoB), when more than 100,000 are expected to come to the University of Arizona to celebrate literacy!  Posted below is one of my favorite images from a  previous TFoB.  This little boy was quietly reading his free book (Thank you, Stocker Foundation) to his Dad.



My schedule: Saturday, noon to 3, College of Education professional development table. Love the Tucson teachers! I hope you can stop by and say hello.

In addition, I am honored to moderate a panel of scholars, who love all-things-Latino-and-language, just like me. Of course, my first question will be: How do you use the words, Hispanic, Chicano, Latino, Latinx, and Latin@?  Oh, this will be fun! Hope you can come to hear this panel.

Sunday: El Norte: Beyond Standard Narratives
Location: UA Library – Special Collections
Date/Time: Sunday, 11:30 am to 12:30 pm
Panelists: Carrie Gibson (,
Ilan Stavans (,
Carlos Vélez-Ibáñez (
Moderator: Joan Wink
Genre: History / Biography
Escort: Charles O’Hara
Signing area: Sales & Signing Area – Integrated Learning Center (following presentation)
The history of the Southwest is multi-layered and complex. A historian, an anthropologist, and a culture critic and essayist discuss the Spanish in North America and their on-going influence on our region.

Sunday, March 3, 11:30 to 12:30, UF Library Special Collections

Carrie Gibson was a journalist for The Guardian, before she decided to pursue her MA and Ph.D.  She has written much of the Spanish-speaking world: Cuba, Santo Domingo, Puerto Rico, and now México.  She consistently tries to make historical sense of the Latino experience in North America.

Carrie Gibson   On her webpage, Carrie lists the names for each of her social media platforms.

Carrie is an immigrant (moving from US to England), and she is the granddaughter of Italian immigrants.  I suspect she is now focused on the US context, and another book will eventually come, which will shed light on our present situation here in the US.

Sunday Carrie will highlight her book, El Norte: The Epic and Forgotten Story of Hispanic America.  Previously, she published Empire’s Crossroads: A History of the Caribbean from Columbus to the Present Day.

Ilan Stavans is a teacher, a journalist, a translator, a radio host, and a publisher, and he writes in Spanish and English.  His focus is immigration, Latino and Jewish cultures, politics, and language.  He is also The Lewis Sebring Professor of Humanities, Latin America, and Latino Culture at Amherst College. Ilan is the Co-Founder and Academic Director of Great Books Summer Camp at Amherst.

Ilan will focus on The Wall (poetry), Don Quijote (a graphic novel adaptation in English and Spanish), and Sor Juana: Or, the Persistence of Pop (a biographical meditation). 

Carlos Vélez-Ibáñez is the Regents’ Professor of the School of Transborder Studies and School of Human Evolution and Social Change of Arizona State University. In 2011, Carlos founded this Transborder Studies program. Throughout his career, Carlos has received many honors and awards. He has written and published books of Mexico and the Southwest of North America.

Carlos will focus on Hegemonies of Language and Their Discontents: The Southwest North American Region since 1540, a book which shines a bright light on history, power, duality, and promise of language. His most recent previous publication is U.S. – Mexico Transborder Region: Cultural Dynamics and Historical Interactions, a book of essays on border studies.

More memories:  

CJ Box and JA Jance are always great attractions at the TFoB.  In the photo below, I am not sure who is photo-bombing whom?

A treasured moment listening to Sandra Day O’Connor, former Supreme Court Justice.

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