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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 

Festival Dates: March 12-13, 2022

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 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. Festival admission is free, but many of the popular author events require advance tickets (see  

Parking & Public Transportation

Campus parking for the festival is complimentary on surface lots and in the Park Avenue and the Highland garage. The Cherry Avenue, 6th Street, Tyndall, and Main Gate garages are available for $5 per vehicle; free entry is granted after 4 p.m. Check out public transportation and other options for getting around.

Campus-Area Attractions

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

Local Information

The local experts at the University of Arizona Visitor Center and the Southern Arizona Heritage and Visitor Center stand ready with information for visitors.


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