University of Arizona Campus  •  March 10 - 11, 2018  •  9:30am to 5:30pm
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Save the date for 2018!

March 10-11, 2018 (9:30am - 5:30pm)

Indie Author Pavilion - Children's Books

Betty Fulcomer

If I read "My Friend Kate is a Forest Ranger," will I know everything there is to know about that job? Of course not! But your visit with Kate in the Apache Sitgreaves National Forest in north central Arizona will take you to places in the forest you haven't known about....

Rita Goldner

Rita Goldner is a full-time author and illustrator of children's picture books. She experiments with a variety of media while designing a character, and for the final version, paints digitally. Rita is currently a published member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators....

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Yasmin John-Thorpe

Yasmin John-Thorpe writes about Sonoran Desert Animals for birth to eight-year old children. There are six books in the series. Books will be on sale for $11 each plus two postcards. Book 1 - "A New Home for the Q's;" Book 2 - "Cruz Coyote and Rory Roadrunner;" Book 3 - "The Adventures of Cruz Coyote;" Book 4 - "Cruz Coyote and the Pack;" Book 5 - "The Adventures of Hummer Hummingbird;" Book 6 - "Goodnight, Sonoran Friends....

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Kristine Kollasch

Phoenix bases artist Kristine Kollasch has been creating art since kindergarten in Gary, Indiana, where her teacher told her mom she had some promising art talent. Kris overheard that conversation and took it seriously....


Lynn Lusch

I am the mother of two daughters, and a believer in the teachings of the Law of Attraction. It wasn't until I was an adult that I was introduced to this understanding of a 'positive outlook' and an 'upbeat, can-do' attitude....

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John Messing

John Messing is a writer and an illustrator. A Tucsonan, he often hikes the Sonoran desert, which he finds spiritually replenishing. He has written and illustrated a series of children’s fables about desert creatures and their environments, beginning with “Jackie Rabbit Lives in the Desert,” its Spanish translation “El Conejo Diego Vive en el Desierto,” and a soon to be released sequel....

Peter Oppenheim

Peter A. Oppenheim has been fascinated with astronomy and space travel since watching the first Moon landing as a child on Long Island, New York. Today he is an avid astrophotographer taking images of nebulae, galaxies and other astronomical wonders from his self-built observatory....

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Jennifer Reich

Jennifer (Jen) Reich is an educator, nurse, poet and storyteller. Jen's poems and stories are inspired by people, animals, nature and all aspects of our shared human experience. She is a passionate explorer of the healing potential of the creative arts and facilitates workshops for nursing and healthcare professionals on creativity and well-being....

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Named Sponsors

Arizona Daily Star
University of Arizona

Presenting Sponsors

Tucson Medical Center

Major Sponsors

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

Key Sponsors

Brucker Trust
Marshall Foundation
Monark Premium Appliance Company

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