The First Tucson Festival of Books was held in March 2009 at The University of Arizona. The Festival has been held every year since and now boasts well over 100,000 visitors. It is a mixture of free and ticketed events including children’s activities and lectures by guest authors. Click Here for 2018 info
Tucsonans have been very supportive of this spring festival honoring all things literary, and with generous support from sponsors and the energetic goodwill of volunteers this publication pageant continues to host more exciting events each year. The festival has collected over $1,500,000 for the benefit of area literacy programs since 2009 .
The Indie Author Pavilion is a venue for regional authors to meet the public. Pavilion tents are set-up on the Main Mall of the UA Campus and authors are available to meet and greet their fans in two-hour time periods on both Saturday and Sunday. Authors will be selling and signing their books while appearing in the Pavilion. The Pavilions are for authors of all genres and formats.
A variety of activities for young children and teens are available including:
Two contests for children pre-school through high school age. The Young Author and Young Artist Contests are open to students from across Southern Arizona; poetry is judged as a separate category. Submit a story Winners receive gift certificates and are announced at 10am on Saturday morning of Book Festival weekend.
- • The Story Blanket Tent exposes youngsters to authors reading their books or illustrators creating artistic renderings for the group.
- • The Tent For Tots focuses on the youngest readers.
.• The Children’s Entertainment & Storytelling Stage offers a wide variety of performances for families.
The Tucson Festival of Books Foundation, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, was founded by Bill Viner, president; Frank Farias and John M. Humenik, vice presidents; Bruce Beach, treasurer; and Brenda Viner, secretary. Click HERE to visit their website.