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2020 Book Selection Process

Literary Committee / April 2, 2019

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 Indie Author Pavilions.

The Literary Committee is responsible for scheduling all book related programming on Presenting Stages (by invitation only).

Self-published authors, or those without recent titles are welcome to participate in one of four Indie Author Pavilions (adult fiction / adult nonfiction / children's books / YA titles).

Presenting Stages

Open by invitation of the Book and Author Committee only.

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

  • Published between September 2018 and February 18, 2020
  • Trade paperback reprints published between March 2019 – February 18, 2020
  • 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 $40 (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.

While we would love to be able to accommodate every author who is nominated, the volume of requests that we receive is high. The festival generally is only able to accommodate authors by invitation. Presenting author self-nominations are now available: begin the process by completing a nomination application. click here.

Indie Author Pavilions

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

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 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 Pavilion
  • Information in the Arizona Daily Star Festival of Books Guide identifying your participation
  • For additional information, please download the 2019 Pavilion Handbook Indie Author Pavilion Handbook

Please note: electricity is not provided in Pavilions

Indie 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 Pavilion)

Indie Author Pavilion registration for the 2020 festival will be available beginning September 3, 2019 at 12:00 noon, Mountain Standard Time.

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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