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Save the date for 2017!

March 11-12, 2017 (9:30am - 5:30pm)

Save the date for 2018!

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

2017 Book Selection Process

Literary Committee / November 28, 2016

The Tucson Festival of Books is known for unique panels, record-breaking crowds and high-volume book sales that entice best-selling authors to attend the Festival each March. We feature authors and books in two programs - Presenting Stages and Author Pavilions.

The Literary Committee is responsible for scheduling all book related programming on Presenting Stages (by invitation only). CLOSED FOR 2017 - we are no longer considering books in this category

Self-published authors are welcome to participate in one of four Author Pavilions (adult fiction / adult nonfiction / children's books / YA titles).

Presenting Stages

Open by invitation of the Literary Committee only...we are no longer accepting books for consideration at the 2017 Festival

Authors and publicists with books that meet the following criteria are eligible for consideration:

  • Published between September 2015 and March 7, 2017
  • Published in traditional print format (hardcover or paperback)
  • Published by:
    1. a major US trade press (e.g., the imprints and client / partner houses of Hachette, HarperCollins, Houghton Mifflin, Macmillan, Penguin Random House, Perseus Books Group, Simon and Schuster, W.W. Norton, Workman)
    2. a university press - trade divisions or publications only
    3. an independent press distributed by a major US distributor (e.g., Consortium, Legato, Perseus Books Group, Publishers Group West)
    Please note: for our purposes, is not a distributor; it is a retailer / bookstore
  • Written for a general or "trade" audience. We do not feature books written primarily for academic or specialist audiences
  • Priced under $35 (with the exceptions of art, photography and some cookbooks)

Many genres and topics are featured on presenting stages:

  • Adult fiction
  • Adult nonfiction
    1. Humanities & Social Sciences
    2. Science & Technology
  • Culinary
  • Poetry
  • Nuestras Raices (generally, books related to Latino/a history, heritage and culture)
  • Children / Teens
  • Genres we do not accept on presenting stages:
    1. academic & specialist topics
    2. "how-to" books
    3. religious devotion & inspiration
    4. self-help
    5. travel guides

Books are stocked and sold through our official bookseller, the University of Arizona BookStores, a New York Times-reporting store.

Visit this link to see a list of authors who have attended the Festival since 2009.

Author Pavilion

For all genres and formats including self-published, small / independent press, pay-to-publish or vanity presses, e-books only and CreateSpace

$35 registration fee entitles author to:

  • 2-hour time slot in a shared venue with up to 12 authors per Pavilion
  • One-half of an 8-foot table to display materials, meet and greet the public, and sign and sell your publication (room for author and one assistant)
  • Temporary business license privileges during the Author Pavilion time period only (tax remittance paid at end of Pavilion appearance)
  • Promotion via the Tucson Festival of Books website indicating your participation in the Author Pavilion
  • Information in the Arizona Daily Star Festival of Books Guide identifying your participation
  • For additional information, please download the Author Pavilion Handbook

Please note: electricity is not provided in Pavilions

Author Pavilion participants are expected to:

  • Supply and sell their own book(s) and pay tax remittance per local policies to Pavilion staff (determining the appropriate number of books to bring is the sole responsibility of the author)
  • Promote their participation via social media platforms and other marketing strategies (strong marketing via electronic platforms may increase sales)
  • Cover all costs associated with travel, lodging, meals, shipping costs, tax remittance, and any / all other costs associated with participating in the Festival (individuals traveling from out-of-state should consider the costs associated with attending the Festival and carefully weigh the costs and benefits of participating in the Author Pavilion)

Author Pavilion registration will be available beginning September 1, 2016 at 12:00 noon, Mountain Standard Time. Click here to proceed to pavilion registration.

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
University of Arizona - Facilities Management

Key Sponsors

Brucker Trust
Marshall Foundation
Monark Premium Appliance Company
William & Mary Ross Foundation
Western National Parks Association

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