June 14, 2018

A Love Triangle Becomes an "Invitation to a Bonfire"

Also on Arizona Spotlight: an overview of the political landscape heading into the midterms; how Tucsonans celebrate Juneteenth; and Adiba Nelson on her family's legacy of domestic violence.

Tumamoc Hill cactus hero A lone saguaro silhouetted against the sunset on Tumamoc Hill. (PHOTO: Sandra Westdahl, AZPM )

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Featured on the June 15, 2018 edition of ARIZONA SPOTLIGHT with host Mark McLemore:

Vote Here sign Armory Park spot A sign outside the Armory Park Community Center near downtown Tucson. (PHOTO: AZPM)
  • This Saturday, the Dunbar Cultural Center will host the 48th annual Tucson Juneteenth Celebration, a community wide event commemorating the end of slavery in the United States in 1865. Hear some of the participants tell Andrew Brown why this history is significant for all people to understand.


  • Meet Adrienne Celt, a Tucson writer who's getting some positive critical reaction to her just-released second novel, Invitation to a Bonfire. Mark talks with Celt about her literary goals, and why writing fiction set in 1920s can be both a blessing and a curse.

Extended interview with Adrienne Celt, beginning with a short reading from Invitation to a Bonfire:

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Adrienne Celt Invitation to a Bonfire Adrienne Celt's 2nd novel is "Invitation to a Bonfire". (PHOTO: courtesy Adrienne Celt)
  • And, Adiba Nelson shares a personal essay on the complicated and painful legacy of domestic abuse in her family. Adiba Nelson is an independent contributor to this show, and her commentary does not reflect the opinions of Arizona Public Media._
adiba nelson in downtown tucson spotlight Adiba Nelson (PHOTO: Kathleen Dreier)
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