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Luis Alberto Urrea, known for his novels about Mexican-American life along the border, addresses an audience at the 2019 Tucson Festival of Books.


James S. Wood


Bill Finley Special at the Arizona Daily Star

It is an improbable group, certainly, these “Three Amigos” which became the heart of the Tucson Festival of Books.

JA Jance grew up in Bisbee, graduated from AU, and became one of America’s most popular storytellers. Now 77, she has written 49 books. All have been public order mysteries in the West, many in Cochise County.

Luis Alberto Urrea was born in Tijuana, raised in San Diego, and is known for his novels about Mexican-American life along the border. He first endeared himself to Tucson – and vice versa – during his research on “The Hummingbird’s Daughter” in the early 2000s.

Thomas Perry is originally from New York and graduated from Cornell. He was a screenwriter and television producer before starting his full-time career as an urban mystery writer.

As different as they are, personally, the three authors have one important thing in common: They’ve been to Tucson’s 12 previous book festivals, and they’ll be making 13 for 13 over the weekend of March 12-13 in the University. from Arizona.

Festival organizers began unveiling their 2022 author list this week and Jance, Urrea and Perry topped the list. Other entrants will include Billy Collins, CJ Box, Craig Johnson, Carol Leonnig and Philip Rucker, Lisa Genova, Fiona Davis and Mary Roach.


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