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At the Tucson Festival of Books, literacy lovers of all ages celebrate reading, discovery, and creativity.

Tucson Festival of Books

Coming in March 2020!

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 time for Tucson Festival of Books, a best-seller in every sense of the word!

Tucson's annual gift to bookworms offers two days of well-organized fun for all ages. Much of the activity -- book panels and events where booklovers of all ages can come together, meet their favorite authors, and discover new bookish companies and organizations -- takes place on the pedestrian-friendly University of Arizona Mall. General admission is free, but many popular author events require advance tickets (and can sell out fast).

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.

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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