University of Arizona Campus  •  March 2 - 3, 2019  •  9:30am to 5:30pm
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Robert Kurson

Matt Ferguson

Robert Kurson earned a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from the University of Wisconsin and a law degree from Harvard Law School. His award-winning stories have appeared in The New York Times Magazine, Rolling Stone and Esquirewhere he was a contributing editor. He is the New York Times best-selling author of "Shadow Divers," the 2005 American Booksellers Association’s nonfiction Book Sense Book of the Year, "Crashing Through," based on Kurson’s 2006 National Magazine Award–winning profile in Esquire of the blind speed skier, CIA analyst and entrepreneur Mike May, and "Pirate Hunters."

His new book is "Rocket Men."

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Scheduled events:
Adventures, Quests, and Crazy Obsessions
What does it take to get to the bottom a of crime against nature? Three best-selling authors talk about the crimes and crazy obsessions that lead them to write their fascinating books. From the search for dinosaur bone thieves, to a modern-day quest for a famous 17th-century sunken pirate ship, to the rescue of an endangered species on the brink in the Gulf of California, these authors take us behind-the-scenes to talk about how these compelling books came to be and what they learned from them.

National Parks Experience (Seats 146)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sat, Mar 2, 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Signing area: Sales & Signing Area - National Parks (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Brooke Bessesen, Robert Kurson, Paige Williams
Moderator: Carol Schwalbe
Apollo's Conquest of the Moon
Neil Armstrong's "One Small Step for Man, One Giant Leap for Mankind" was taken 50 years ago, and today we feature three space historians who remember the day as if it were yesterday. Meet James Hansen, Robert Kurson and Rod Pyle -- and help us celebrate man's first visit to the moon!

Science City - Main Stage (Seats 195)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sun, Mar 3, 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Signing area: Signing Area - Flandrau BookStore (Science City) (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: James Hansen, Robert Kurson, Rod Pyle
Moderator: Jack Roosa
High Flyers
Whose heart hasn't been lifted by the tales of World War II's Flying Tigers, or the courageous pursuit of the sound barrier, or the secret science developed at China Lake? American aviation is filled with heroics and heroes. Some of them can be found in recent books by Dan Hampton, Sam Kleiner, Karen Piper and Robert Kurson.

Student Union Gallagher Theater (Seats 340)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sun, Mar 3, 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Signing area: Sales & Signing Area - UA BookStore Tent (on Mall) (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Dan Hampton, Sam Kleiner, Robert Kurson, Karen Piper
Moderator: Lynn Vincent

Rocket Men
History / Biography
Random House
April 2018
ISBN 9780812988703
$28.00, INSTORE
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Pirate Hunters:Treasure, Obsession, and the Search for a Legendary Pirate Ship
Memoir / Essays / Creative Nonfiction
Random House Trade Paperbacks
March 2016
ISBN 9780812973693
304 pages
$17.00, INSTORE
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"'Pirate Hunters' is a gripping account of two courageous divers' quest to uncover the shipwrecked vessel of Joseph Bannister, one of history's most infamous pirates"--

Named Sponsors

Arizona Daily Star
University of Arizona

Presenting Sponsors

Tucson Medical Center

Major Sponsors

Friends of the Festival
Pima County Public Library
Stocker Foundation
University of Arizona BookStores
University of Arizona - Facilities Management
Western National Parks Association
William & Mary Ross Foundation

Key Sponsors

Arizona Office Technologies
Arizona Wholesale Supply
Marshall Foundation

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