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



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Geoffrey Notkin is an award-winning author, independent publisher, and art director and has written hundreds of articles on science, adventure travel, history and the arts. His work has appeared in National Geographic, Smithsonian, Robb Report, Astronomy, Astronomy Now, Sky & Telescope, USA Today, Wired, Reader’s Digest, The Village Voice, All About Space, Mechanical Engineering, Seed, Make and many other publications. He is the author of three books, including the IPPY winner "Meteorite Hunting: How To Find Treasure From Space." Notkin was a columnist for Tucson Citizen for four years and his science and technology column, Throwing Pebbles at the Sky, is exclusive to the National Space Society’s magazine, Ad Astra.

Notkin worked as a book cover designer and art director for Routledge Press and Silver Moon Press in New York City and is the president of Stanegate Press, Inc. He is a member of The Explorers Club, is on the Board of Governors of the National Space Society, the Advisory Board of Deep Space Industries, and the Board of Directors of the Astrosociology Research Institute.

An accomplished television host, Notkin starred in three seasons of the multi award-winning television adventure series Meteorite Men for Discovery networks and two seasons of STEM Journals, for which he received two Emmy Awards. He is a TEDx speaker, Edinburgh Fringe Festival performer, science editor at Megafonzie TV, and has guest-starred in shows for Nat Geo, History Channel, Travel Channel, TLC, PBS, A&E, NASA, and the BBC. He has appeared on Coast to Coast, Good Day New York, Varney & Co., and the Today show, and has been interviewed by The Washington Post, The Huffington Post, Reuters, The Associated Press, and the BBC World Service. A television and film producer, Notkin’s credits include Revenge of Zoe, Philip K. Dick’s Radio Free Albemuth, and the documentaries Neil Gaiman: Dream Dangerously and First to the Moon: The Story of Apollo 8.

The minor planet 132904, discovered at Mount Palomar, was officially named Notkin by the Minor Planet Center in recognition of his contributions to science, education and the arts.

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Scheduled events:
Workshop: A Guide to Book Cover Design
Are you considering self-publishing? Not sure about cover design? Or, maybe you’ve already published your novel but aren’t selling as you’d hoped? Join Indie Chicks podcast host, Dr. Melissa Koberlein, professor of publishing, and Geoff Notkin, designer and award-winning author, to learn how to design a cover that really SELLS YOUR BOOK! Geoff and Melissa will guide you through the design and marketing elements behind a great cover. Bring a copy of your book for an opportunity for critique.

Integrated Learning Center Room 125 (Seats 60)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sat, Mar 2, 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Book / Movie Biz
Signing area: Sales & Signing Area - Integrated Learning Center (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Melissa Koberlein, Geoffrey Notkin

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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