Thousands attended the Tucson Festival of Books in 2014. (Photo: Patrick McArdle/UANews)
Thousands attended the Tucson Festival of Books in 2014. (Photo: Patrick McArdle/UANews)

Lovers of Learning to Unite at Book Festival

The annual Tucson Festival of Books, a community-wide celebration of literature on the UA campus, generates more than $3 million for the local economy.
March 11, 2015
Extra Info: 

Need help navigating the Tucson Festival of Books? Information is available online:

  • Event schedule
  • Author list
  • Parking and the festival map (Note that the UA's Second Street Garage is reserved for presenting authors and sponsors; no public access to the garage will be offered. Also, use of public transportation is strongly encouraged. The SunTran bus system and SunLink streetcar provide convenient options to parking at the UA.)
  • Online tickets for select venues
  • Access for individuals with disabilities
  • Food vendors
  • Follow the festival on social media: via Twitter using @TFOB; on Facebook; and on Instagram
  • To make a donation
  • For more information, call 520-621-0302

 

What: 
Tucson Festival of Books
When: 
9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Saturday, March 14 and Sunday, March 15
Where: 
Locations surrounding the UA Mall
The festival is about more than books. Science City promotes science, technology, engineering and mathematics literacy, and it is the largest STEM event in Arizona. It includes hands-on activities and interactive demonstrations for visitors to learn about innovations in health, science, engineering and technology. (Photo: Patrick McArdle/UANews)
The festival is about more than books. Science City promotes science, technology, engineering and mathematics literacy, and it is the largest STEM event in Arizona. It includes hands-on activities and interactive demonstrations for visitors to learn about innovations in health, science, engineering and technology. (Photo: Patrick McArdle/UANews)
The Tucson Festival of Books also includes dozens of performances. (Photo: Patrick McArdle/UANews)
The Tucson Festival of Books also includes dozens of performances. (Photo: Patrick McArdle/UANews)

If you can find it in a book, you probably will find it at the Tucson Festival of Books, one of the nation's largest book festivals.

Held at the University of Arizona, the free festival will include panel discussions by best-selling and emerging authors, a literary circus, culturally diverse programs, a poetry venue, exhibitor booths and two youth contests.

The festival also includes Science City, which promotes literacy in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, and an author pavilion, a venue for visitors to meet with more than 200 authors.

Festival authors will represent genres that include poetry, culinary arts, business and leadership, philosophy, youth writing, sci-fi, horror, thrillers, memoirs, romance, health and nature, and other topics. Festival presenters include:

  • Mitch Albom, the best-selling author of "Tuesdays With Morrie" and "The First Phone Call From Heaven." Albom is also a screenwriter, playwright and journalist.
  • Award-winning photographer Jackie Alpers. 
  • Dave Barry, a Pulitzer Prize-winning author and columnist, who wrote a nationally syndicated humor column.
  • Noam Chomsky, who will speak at a special event sponsored by the UA College of Social and Behavioral Sciences in partnership with the festival and The Nation magazine, which is celebrating its 150th anniversary. "A Conversation With Noam Chomsky" will include an interview with John Nichols, the Washington, D.C., correspondent for The Nation.
  • Jenny Han, the young-adult author of the New York Times best-selling series "The Summer I Turned Pretty."
  • J.A. Jance, the New York Times best-selling author of the "Joanna Brady" series.
  • Bernice L. McFadden, author of eight critically acclaimed novels, including "Glorious," which was featured in O, The Oprah Magazine and was a finalist for the NAACP Image Award.
  • Amy Tan, author of the "The Joy Luck Club" and "The Kitchen God's Wife." Tan's most recent book, "The Valley of Amazement," was released last year.
  • Emmy Award winner Alan Zweibel, an original "Saturday Night Live" comedy writer who also has worked on television shows, including "Monk" and "Curb Your Enthusiasm."
  • Award winner Luis Alberto Urrea, the best-selling author of 16 books, including "The Devil's Highway" and "The Hummingbird's Daughter."

The Tucson Festival of Books supports organizations that are working to improve literacy rates in southern Arizona, including Reading Seed, Literacy Connects and UA literacy outreach programs. Since 2009, the festival has contributed more than $1 million to such organizations. In addition to its contribution to literacy, the festival also generates more than $3 million for the local economy.

"Giving back to promote literacy is the real success of the festival," Bill Viner, chief executive officer of Pepper Viner Homes and one of the festival's founders, said in a statement. "Literacy is the foundation of building a strong, vibrant community, and the Tucson Festival of Books is proud to play a role in ensuring vital literacy programs are available."