Tucson Festival of Books
Literacy-lovers of all ages celebrate reading, discovery and creativity at the University of Arizona, March 14-15, 2020!
Tucson Festival of Books: A Springtime Bestseller
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 bestseller for all ages.
Much of the festival activity -- book panels and special events where literacy-lovers can come together, meet their favorite authors and discover new bookish companies and resources -- takes place on the pedestrian-friendly, open-air University of Arizona Mall close to plenty of garage parking. General admission is free, but many of the popular author events require advance tickets (free and available on the festival website).
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. Big 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. And the University of Arizona Visitor Center team stands ready with information.
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:
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
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