Tucson Festival of Books
Literacy-lovers of all ages celebrate reading, discovery and creativity at the University of Arizona in March.
Tucson Festival of Books: A Springtime Bestseller
March 6-7, 2021 (virtual)
The Tucson Festival of Books arrives in March, when the sun is beaming, desert wildflowers are blooming and University of Arizona students are on spring break.
Much of the activity – book panels and special events where literacy-lovers can come together, meet their favorite authors, and discover new publishing companies and resources – usually takes place on the pedestrian-friendly, open-air University of Arizona Mall. However, this year, it will be held virtually. Festival admission is free, but many of the popular author events require advance tickets. See TucsonFestivalofBooks.org for more information.
You can enhance your festival visit by exploring the university's museums and galleries, adjacent historic neighborhoods, and nearby Main Gate Square shopping-and-dining corridor. For fun and convenience, yellow Tugo bikes can be rented for 30-minute trips while the four-mile Sun Link Streetcar connects campus with the surrounding Historic Fourth Avenue, Congress Street, and Sentinel districts.
Founders Award-Winning Authors
Every word counts! Hundreds of authors representing many genres have graced this festival. You can get an idea of the variety and caliber of the participants by checking this list of Festival Founders Award recipients. This award recognizes the exceptional literary achievement of one festival participant who is chosen every year. The Founders Award winners are:
2020 - Lisa See
2019 - Luís Alberto Urrea
2018 - Billy Collins
2017 - T.C. Boyle
2016 - J.A. Jance
2015 - The Rock Bottom Remainders: Mitch Albom, Dave Barry, Sam Barry, Greg Isles, Ridley Pearson, Amy Tan & Scott Turow
2013 - R.L. Stine
2012 - Larry McMurtry & Diana Ossana
2011 - Elmore Leonard
Video: Tucson Festival of Books
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