Author Event

Suyi Davies Okungbowa · David Mogo, Godhunter


Friday, September 27 at 6:00pm

Join us to hear Suyi Davies Okungbowa, author of David Mogo, Godhunter (Abaddon, $9.99).

 

David Mogo, Godhunter brings Nigerian Orisha mythology to life with skill and humor, creating a reluctant yet lovable hero of demigod David Mogo, who scours the city's dank underbelly for a living wage as a freelance Godhunter. Since the Orisha War that rained thousands of deities down on the streets of Lagos, David Mogo has been tasked with eliminating the fallen gods before the city is seized by a wizard controlling a legion of feral godling-child hybrids. Enlisting the help of his friends, he sets off with his foster wizard, the high god's twin sister, and a speech-impaired Muslim teenage girl to defeat the wizard in this fantastic adventure of gods and mortals.

 

Suyi Davies Okungbowa is a Nigerian author of stories featuring African gods, starships, monsters, detectives, and everything in-between. His internationally published fiction and nonfiction have appeared in Lightspeed, Fireside, Podcastle, The Dark, Mothership Zeta, Omenana, Ozy, Brick Moon Fiction, and other periodicals and anthologies. He is an MFA candidate and writing teacher at the University of Arizona and has worked in editorial at Podcastle and Sonora Review.

 
"A riveting debut... this story is captivating."
Publishers Weekly
"I did not know I was a fan of the Nigerian Godpunk genre, but this book convinced me!"
Horner's Book Corner
"A number of books have been termed 'godpunk, ' but Suyi Davies Okungbowa's novel may be the subgenre's platonic deific ideal, from its title to its plot to its terse but vivid prose... Assured and arch, unsettling and thoroughly enjoyable--an auspicious debut from one of the most promising new voices in the growing coterie of African Sci-Fi/Fantasy writers."
—Peter Rubin, Wired Magazine

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Friday, September 27, 2019 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm

Event address: 

411 N 4th Ave
Tucson, AZ 85705-8444

Books: 

David Mogo, Godhunter Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9781781086490
Availability: Backordered
Published: Abaddon - July 9th, 2019

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Aaron Bobrow-Strain · The Death and Life of Aida Hernandez: A Border Story


Friday, September 20 at 6:00pm

Join us to hear Aaron Bobrow-Strain, author of The Death and Life of Aida Hernandez: A Border Story (FSG, $28).

 

A rich, novelistic tale of a young woman whose life spans both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border, The Death and Life of Aida Hernandez depicts the harrowing journey of a deported mother to return to her son in the United States. Having arrived in the U.S. with her mother as a young child, Aida Hernandez grew up undocumented in Douglas, Arizona. She became a mother at sixteen and, enduring a cycle of violence and poverty, found herself imprisoned following an attempt to steal a $6 lego set for her son. Taking us into detention centers, immigration courts, and the inner lives of Aida and other daring characters, Aaron Bobrow-Strain reveals the human consequences of militarizing what was once a more forgiving border and brings us into the heart of a violently unequal America.

 

Aaron Bobrow-Strain, a founding member of the Walla Walla Immigrant Rights Coalition in Washington State, previously worked on the U.S.-Mexico border as an activist and educator. He is currently a professor of politics at Whitman College. His other works include Intimate Enemies: Landowners, Power, and Violence in Chiapas (Duke, $26.95).

 

In this caring and unforgettable borderland saga, Bobrow-Strain reveals the profound personal toll of the immigration crisis.
Booklist Starred Review

Event date: 

Friday, September 20, 2019 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm

Event address: 

411 N 4th Ave
Tucson, AZ 85705-8444

Books: 

The Death and Life of Aida Hernandez: A Border Story Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780374191979
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - April 16th, 2019

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Mathangi Subramanian · A People's History of Heaven


Friday, September 13 at 6:00pm
Join us to hear Mathangi Subramanian, author of A People’s History of Heaven (Algonquin, $26.95).

 

In a Bangalore slum known as Heaven, five young women fight for their families in this intimate and unforgettable portrait of a vibrant community. Heaven is home to mothers and daughters who were “left behind” and have found a family within one another. When impending demolition threatens their homes, these colorful women are determined to defy the odds not just to survive, but to triumph.

 

Mathangi Subramanian, an award-winning author and educator, is a founding member of the UNESCO Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Education for Peace. A former public school teacher, senior policy analyst for the New York City Council, and assistant vice president at Sesame Workshop, Subramanian’s work has appeared in The Washington Post and The Wire, among others. Her book Dear Mrs. Naidu (Zubaan, $12) won the 2016 South Asia Book Award. Subramanian has written three books for young readers;  A People’s History of Heaven is her adult debut.

 

"Subramanian writes with empathy and exuberance, offering a much-needed glimpse into a world that too many of us don't even know exists. This is a book to give your little sister, your mother, your best friend, yourself, so together you can celebrate the strength of women and girls, the tenacity it takes to survive in a world that would rather have you disappear."

Nylon

 

"The stories of these young women... are full of emotion and drama, and also fierce power and hope. Their relationships and support for one another is inspiring, making this a beautiful testament to friendship and individuality. More LGBTQ+ novels about people of color, please!"

BookRiot

 

Event date: 

Friday, September 13, 2019 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm

Event address: 

411 N 4th Ave
Tucson, AZ 85705-8444

Books: 

A People's History of Heaven Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9781616207588
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Algonquin Books - March 19th, 2019

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Todd Miller · Empire of Borders


Friday, September 6 at 6:00pm

Join us to hear Todd Miller, author of Empire of Borders: The Expansion of the US Border Around the World (Verso, $29.95).

 

In his newest book, award-winning journalist Todd Miller explores the presence of US border patrol agents across the world. Working alongside local agents, their efforts to block migrants from approaching the US have resulted in a global war against the poor. Increased borderland patrols, surveillance, and militarization have widened the chasm between those who can vacation or do business where they please, and others whose movements are restricted by armed guards. Visiting the Jordan/Syria border, as well as Puerto Rico, Guatemala, Kenya, Palestine, Mexico, and the Philippines, Miller traces the origin and rise of this border regime that expands thousands of miles beyond US territory.

 

Local author and journalist Todd Miller has researched and written about border issues for more than 15 years. His writing has appeared in the  New York Times and Mother Jones, among others. Miller is also the author of Border Patrol Nation: Dispatches from the Front Lines of Homeland Security (City Lights, $16.95), and Storming the Wall: Climate Change, Migration, and Homeland Security (City Lights, $16.95), which explores the impact of the environmental crisis on the developed world’s borders and resources. Storming the Wall was awarded the 2018 Izzy Award for investigative journalism.

 

"Empire of Borders reveals how the United States has effectively extended its borders throughout the globe, giving rise to a worldwide enforcement network that is highly militarized and profoundly dehumanizing. At a time when more people than ever before find their lives thrust against violent lines of separation, Todd Miller helps us understand the omnipresence of borders as an imminent threat to our shared humanity— a collective sickness that must be reckoned with before it forever reshapes our world."

—Francisco Cantú, author of The Line Becomes a River: Dispatches from the Border (Riverhead, $17)

 

Event date: 

Friday, September 6, 2019 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm

Event address: 

411 N 4th Ave
Tucson, AZ 85705-8444

Books: 

Empire of Borders: The Expansion of the US Border Around the World Cover Image
$29.95
ISBN: 9781784785116
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Verso - July 30th, 2019

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