Saturday, March 15, 2014

Tucson Festival of Books March 15-16

The 6th annual Tucson Festival of Books, one of America's largest, begins today in Tucson, Arizona. It's gonna be sunny and 80 degrees, an antidote to this never-ending winter that'll entertain you and make you smarter.

The Tucson Festival of Books is a wide-ranging affair. It offers panel discussions on a thousand different topics, conversations with individual authors, poetry readings, current affairs, publishing industry issues, cooking demonstrations from author-chefs and workshops, among others. A sample: Finding Home: Exiles in Fiction, Reporting the Past: A Journalistic Approach to History, Border Lives, The Future of Elections in America — A Conversation with Dan Balz, Armchair Reading: Capturing the Quirks of CulturePoetry Readings by Rigoberto González and Tim Hernandez, Studio Lesson: Illustrating and Writing Lucha Libre and Don't Tell Me What NOT to Read: Teens and Censorship.

Benjamin Alire Sáenz
Go here for a complete schedule of the presenting authors including: Luis Alberto UrreaAndre DubusAlice HoffmanBenjamin Alire SáenzSandra Day O'ConnorLarry McMurtryScott TurowRichard Russo, and Monica Drake.
Monica Drake

If all of this isn't enough to exhaust you then go here for a list of activities to complete the job. There will be food, music, cultural performances, science city, petting zoos, arts and crafts, book signings, improv, storytelling - you name it and it'll be happening somewhere.

If all of this is a little overwhelming, there's an app for that: AndroidiPhone and Kindle Fire.

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