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Tucson Festival of Books

Literacy-lovers of all ages celebrate reading, discovery and creativity at the University of Arizona, March 14-15, 2020!

A Springtime Best-Seller

March 14-15, 2020

The Tucson Festival of Books arrives in March, when the sun is beaming, desert wildflowers are blooming and University of Arizona students are gone bye-bye on spring break. It's Tucson's annual gift to bookworms -- a two-day best-seller for all ages. Much of the festival activity -- book panels and events where booklovers can come together, meet their favorite authors, and discover new bookish companies and organizations -- takes place on the pedestrian-friendly, open-air University of Arizona Mall. General admission is free, but many popular author events require advance tickets (available on the event's website).

You can enhance your festival experience by exploring the university's museums and galleries, adjacent historic neighborhood, and Main Gate Square shopping-and-dining corridor. Big yellow Tugo bikes can be rented for 30-minute trips, while the four-mile Sun Link Streetcar connects Tucson's nearby Fourth Avenue, Congress Street, and Sentinel Districts. And, next-door to campus, help is available from friendly volunteers at the Visit Tucson-University of Arizona Visitor Center.

Every Word Counts

Hundreds of authors representing many genres have graced stages at the festival. In 2011, the Festival Founders Award was established to recognize exceptional literary achievement. Founders Award Winners are:

2019 -Luís Alberto Urrea

2018 - Billy Collins

2017 - T.C. Boyle

2016 - J.A. Jance

2015 - Mitch Albom, Dave Barry, Sam Barry, Greg Isles, Ridley Pearson, Amy Tan & Scott Turow -The Rock Bottom Remainders

2014 - Richard Russo

2013 - R.L. Stine

2012 - Larry McMurtry & Diana Ossana

2011 - Elmore Leonard

Video: Tucson Festival of Books


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