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Frequently Asked Questions

Festival Staff / August 12, 2014

Questions related to the Festival are organized by committee. If you still have questions, please email Help@TucsonFestivalofBooks.org for additional information. During periods of heavy traffic, response times for help questions may be delayed.

General Festival Information

    How much does it cost to attend the Festival?

    The Festival is offered free of charge to the public. Parking at the University of Arizona is complimentary during Festival weekend. Use of public transportation is strongly encouraged. Both the SunTran bus system and the SunLink street car provide convenient alternatives to parking at the University of Arizona

    Where are Festival proceeds directed?

    The Tucson Festival of Books supports organizations that work to improve literacy rates in Southern Arizona. Those groups include: Reading Seed, Literacy Connects and University of Arizona Literacy Outreach Programs. How much has the Festival contributed to non-profit organizations that support literacy? Since 2009, the Festival has contributed over $900,000 to agencies that improve literacy in the community

    What is the mailing address for the Festival?

    Tucson Festival of Books
    c/o UA BookStores, Bldg 19
    1209 E University, Room 104
    Tucson Arizona 85721-0019

    Is there a phone number I may call with questions about the Festival

    Yes. Please call 520.621.0302 with your questions. Beginning September 2, we hope to have the office open Monday through Friday from 9am-4pm. If we are unable to answer, please leave a message and your call will be returned…thank you for your patience as we train student staff to assist you. To send a fax, please use this number: 520.621.8098 and clearly identify that the information is for the Tucson Festival of Books.

    Where is the Festival office located?

    The Festival office is located in the lower level of the University of Arizona BookStore. From the stairway in the center of the BookStore, proceed downstairs. At the bottom of the stairs, walk straight back (toward television lounge and customer service). We hope to have the office available to the public from 9am-4pm Monday through Friday from September 2 through December 19 and from January 6 through April 30. May through August office hours are to be determined. There may be some weekend dates during which the Festival office is open.

    How does the public receive information about the Festival?

    The Arizona Daily Star provides a variety of printed articles and advertisements related to the Festival including a 68-page insert included in the Sunday edition the week preceding the event. Information may be obtained via TucsonFestivalofBooks.org with the majority of content available from Thanksgiving weekend through the end of March. An electronic newsletter, Facebook, Twitter and TFoB mobile apps provide a wealth of information about the Festival. Visit the website to connect to Festival resources.

    What is the mission of the Tucson Festival of Books?

    The Tucson Festival of Books is a community-wide celebration of literature. Offered free-of-charge, the Festival exists to improve literacy rates among children and adults. All proceeds from the Festival are used to sustain the event and support local literacy programs.

    How does the Tucson Festival of Books positively impact the community?

    In addition to the contribution to literacy organizations, the Festival attracts over $3-million to the local economy from visitors to the area. Hotels and restaurants benefit from the influx of tourists that visit from throughout the state and across the country each March. Because the Festival is provided free of charge, the greater Tucson community benefits from the celebration of the written word each March.

    How did the Tucson Festival of Books begin?

    The Tucson Festival of Books, a registered non-profit organization established to support and fund literacy advancement in southern Arizona, debuted in March 2009 after two years of planning. More than 350 authors presented nearly 300 programs to 50,000 attendees that year. In six years, nearly 600,000 attendees have visited the Festival on the campus of the University of Arizona. More than $900,000 has been raised for local literacy organizations. Attendance in 2014 was estimated to be over 130,000 with more than 450 authors presenting. Founders of the Tucson Festival of Books include business, university and philanthropic leaders.

    Who attends the Festival?

    Over 350 authors participate in presentations and workshops attracting diverse audiences. There is something for everyone at the Tucson Festival of Books…we offer programming for children and teens, panels by best-selling and emerging authors, a literary circus, culturally diverse programs, a poetry venue, exhibitor booths and two food courts. Words and imagination come to life at every venue during Festival weekend. In 2014, over 130,000 book-lovers visited the Festival.

    How do I share suggestions to improve the Festival?

    We encourage all attendees to submit an attendee survey following the Festival (link available at TucsonFestivalofBooks.org). Other times of the year, please feel free to submit your ideas to ExecutiveDirector@TucsonFestivalofBooks.org

    Where may I buy Festival souvenirs?

    Souvenirs are available at two booths during Festival weekend. Occasionally our vendor may provide special on-line opportunities to purchase Festival merchandise. Stay connected to the Festival via our website, electronic newsletter, Facebook and Twitter to learn of such specials.

    Are there automatic teller machines available on the University of Arizona campus?

    Yes, there are several. ATM’s may be found on the exterior of the Student Union Memorial Center on the east side and south of the BookStore near the elevators. Inside the building there is an ATM located near the Kiva.

    What is the weather like in Tucson during mid-March?

    Prepare for moderate temperatures – usually in the 70’s – with cool mornings and evenings (mid-40’s). Be aware that Festival weather has included everything from chilly rain in the morning to 80+ degree afternoons. Sunscreen and a hat are recommended for outdoor activities. The Festival takes place rain or shine!

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Author Information

    How does an author submit a self-nomination for the Festival?

    Information related to author nominations is available on the Festival website. Find the link on the left sidebar under Get Involved: Authors

    How may our organization plan an event using Festival authors?

    Organizations that invite Festival authors to participate in events outside of the Festival are asked to share in the cost of hosting the author by becoming an Author Sponsor. This contribution helps defray the costs of travel and lodging paid by the Festival and allows us to keep the event free to the public. To learn more, please contact ExecutiveDirector@TucsonFestivalofBooks.org

Saturday, March 14 & Sunday, March 15, 2015 | 9:30am-5:30pm

Author Pavilion Information

    What is the author pavilion?

    The author pavilion is a venue for local and regional authors to meet and greet the public. The author pavilion tents are set-up on the Main Mall of the UA Campus. Over 200 authors from diverse genre are available to chat with their fans in two-hour time periods on both Saturday and Sunday of the Festival. Authors will be selling and signing their books while at the author pavilion. The informal atmosphere of the author pavilion gives the public the opportunity to visit with the authors in a less structured setting than the Festival panels, workshops and presentations.

    How does an author submit a self-nomination for the Festival?

    Authors wishing to participate in the author pavilion complete an on-line submission via the Festival website. Criteria and general information related to the pavilion is provided on the website (see the left sidebar link under Get Involved: Authors).

    When will author pavilion registration information be emailed?

    Author pavilion registration information will be emailed in November.

    What is the cost to participate in the author pavilion?

    $35 per author. There are no refunds for no-shows or cancellations.

    I missed the deadline to be part of the author pavilion. Is there a waiting list?

    Yes, we are able to add an author to a waiting list for a pavilion space. If an individual cancels, the first person on the waitlist will be offered the date, time and location of the cancellation. Registration is complete when the $35 author pavilion fee is paid.

Saturday, March 14 & Sunday, March 15, 2015 | 9:30am-5:30pm

Children / Teen / Educator Information

    What special programs are available for children?

    • We offer two contests for children pre-school through high school age. The young author and young artist contests are open to students from Pima County. Submissions are due in December. Winners receive gift certificates and are announced at 10am on Saturday morning of Book Festival weekend

    • Bus scholarships are available (pending funding) for schools serving financially disadvantaged students in low-income neighborhoods. Information will be placed on the Festival website in the fall with instructions on how to apply. Applications are accepted until funds are no longer available

    • The Story Blanket Tent exposes youngsters to authors reading their books or illustrators creating artistic renderings for the group

    • Activity Tents host a variety of hands-on, literacy-based activities for children. The Tent For Tots focuses on the youngest readers

    • The Free Book Tent provides titles that are appropriate for every age group – preschool through high school

    • The Children’s Entertainment Stage offers a wide variety of performances for families

    • The Children’s Story Telling Stage offers performances based on stories

    • The LindleyLopez Literary Circus has performed “cirque de soliel” style interpretations of literary classics for many years during the Festival…they always have something new for kids of all ages to enjoy

    • Volunteers visit schools and read books of Festival authors in advance of the event to generate interest and promote attendance

    • Festival authors may make themselves available to schools for visits before or after the Festival; fees may apply for schools requesting author visits

    Are there special programs available for teens?

    • The Teen & Author Meeting Place provides an opportunity for teens to meet authors informally to ask questions and have books signed

    • The Creative Arts Teen Summit (CATS) Fiesta Friday program was designed in 2014 for 9th – 11th graders interested in writing and illustrating careers

    Are sessions available for educators?

    All sessions offered in the Education Building may be attended for Continuing Education Units. Parent are also welcome at these informative sessions that support community and family literacy. In 2014, Science City added CEU eligible sessions focused on STEM literacy.

    May we bring field trips to the Festival?

    Absolutely! We welcome field trips during Festival weekend and encourage schools to coordinate visits on either Saturday or Sunday. Eligible schools are invited to apply for a bus scholarship to fund field trip activities.

    What is the Creative Arts Teen Summit – CATS Fiesta Friday?

    In 2014, we offered the first CATS Fiesta Friday program which brought academically at-risk 9th – 11th graders from high schools serving low-income families. The event took place on the UA campus on Friday prior to the Festival. Students met with authors and illustrators in a conference-style workshop that included a keynote speaker, small group sessions, lunch and a visit to the UA Recreation Center.

    When is the deadline for the 2015 Young Authors Contest?

    5pm on Friday, December 19 (postmarked or hand delivered to the UA BookStores main campus location at 1209 E University, Room 104).

    What is the deadline for the 2015 Young Artists Contest?

    5pm on Friday, December 19 (postmarked or hand delivered to the UA BookStores main campus location at 1209 E University, Room 104).

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Entertainment Information

    How many entertainment groups participate in the Festival?

    There are approximately 40 performances that take place during the Festival. Dependent upon the length of each performance and the number of venues offered, this number may increase or decrease accordingly. Information related to applying to be an entertainer is located on the Festival website in the right sidebar. Applications will be reviewed by a committee and emails sent to confirm participation for those groups invited to perform.

    What are the costs for providing entertainment at the Festival?

    The Festival does not compensate performers for their appearance nor does the Festival cover any costs associated with entertainment. It is the responsibility of the entertainer(s) to provide all necessary equipment for the performance (instruments, costumes, props, etc.). If a group plans to sell materials related to their performance, they are welcome to do so. All business licensing and tax remittance is the responsibility of the seller. Microphones, speakers and general stage equipment is provided by the Festival.

    Where do entertainers park during the Festival?

    Parking instructions will be provided to entertainers in an email prior to the Festival.

    I missed the deadline to apply as an entertainer. Is there a waiting list?

    We accept entertainment inquiries throughout the year. Should a vacancy occur after all spaces are filled, those entertainment groups that met the deadline will be offered the available space. If no group is able to fill the opening, those performers who express interest but missed the deadline will be notified of the opportunity and instructions provided to submit an application.

Saturday, March 14 & Sunday, March 15, 2015 | 9:30am-5:30pm

Exhibitor Information

    How may an exhibitor purchase a booth at the Festival?

    Please visit the exhibitor link on the Festival website for information on booth registration. Details will be available related to costs, deadlines and exhibitor expectations during the year as our information is updated. Find exhibitor information on the left sidebar under Get Involved: Exhibitors

    Once I register and pay for my booth, am I automatically accepted?

    The Tucson Festival of Books reserves the right to accept or decline any applicant. Each application will be reviewed to insure that the use fits into the guidelines as listed in the Exhibitor Handbook.

    May I share my booth with others?

    All individuals exhibiting in a booth must be listed in the application. Subletting is not allowed under any circumstances. Exhibitors who do not comply with these guidelines will not be able to return to the Festival in following years.

    What are the costs for hosting a booth at the Festival?

    Cost information will be available from the exhibitor link on the website.

    Is there an exhibitor handbook?

    The handbook will be made available to all exhibitors during the registration period. All exhibitors must agree to the expectations outlined in the handbook prior to registering for a booth. Failure to abide by the policies outlined in the handbook may result in an exhibitor forfeiting the opportunity to return the Festival.

    How do I order additional equipment for my booth?

    Equipment orders should be made at the time of registration for booth space. If additional equipment is needed, the process to order will be outlined in the information provided in the confirmation email.

    Where do exhibitors park during the Festival?

    Each booth is provided with one exhibitor parking pass per 10’x10’ space. Details related to load-in / load-out and parking will be provided via email. You will receive parking placards at the specified load-in time for your booth. Due to the limited nature of exhibitor parking, booth staff without parking privileges may utilize the free parking lots located around the UA campus. Utilizing public transportation is strongly encouraged during Festival weekend as parking near the campus is at a premium.

    I missed the deadline to purchase a booth. Is there a waiting list?

    More information will be available on our website regarding booth availability after the registration period ends. Early registration is from September 2 through November 1; Registration takes place from November 2 to November 15. Late registrations may be sold on a space-available basis and are subject to higher costs.

    Is there a list of Festival exhibitors?

    On the Festival website, all exhibitors are listed with a brief description of the organization, website link, Facebook and Twitter connections. It is the responsibility of the exhibiting organization to ensure that the information provided is accurate for public use. The Festival reserves the right to modify booth descriptions and remove links that are inappropriate.

Saturday, March 14 & Sunday, March 15, 2015 | 9:30am-5:30pm

Food & Beverage Vendor Information

    How may a food vendor purchase space at the Festival?

    Food vendors must first apply to be considered for a vending space at the Festival. Applicants are reviewed by committee and invitations to purchase space are offered to those food vendors that complete the application, meet all deadlines and are selected by the committee to be a vendor. Priority is given to:

    • Local vendors and / or vendors that have participated in the past

    • Previous vendors that met all of the criteria for participation and complied with all of the policies and procedures outlined in the food vendor handbook

      a. completed application by stated deadline

      b. stayed open for duration of event

      c. left their designated area clean

      d. complied with beverage sales requirements

    • Vendors that provide unique offerings are encouraged to apply

    What are the costs for food vendors at the Festival?

    Costs are dependent upon the location from which a vendor wishes to sell (food court or snack area). Vendors are allowed to rank-order their location preference when making application; actual cost will be communicated when a vendor is accepted. Payment is due according to a strict deadline that will be identified in the acceptance email. If a vendor fails to meet the payment deadline, a vendor that has been placed on the waitlist will be offered the space. Space is not guaranteed until payment in full is received.

    Is there a food vendor handbook?

    The food vendor handbook is provided in the application process. All potential food vendors must agree to the conditions set forth in the handbook before making application to the Festival. Failure to abide by the policies outlined in the handbook may result in a vendor forfeiting the opportunity to return the Festival.

    What is there to eat at the Festival and where are the vendors located?

    There are two food courts, multiple beverage stations and snack vendor locations scattered through the Festival. Specific information about the food available and the location of vendors will be available on the Festival website and via social media apps in February.

    Where do food vendors park during the Festival?

    There is a specified parking area for food vendors. Permits for this location will be provided to vendors when they load-in prior to the Festival. Details related to parking will be provided via email in February.

    I missed the deadline to apply as a food vendor. Is there a waiting list?

    Typically, we have more food vendors that apply for consideration than we have space to accommodate. Those vendors that complete the application in its entirety by the deadline but are not selected as a vendor will be considered “wait-listed.” In the event an accepted vendor does not confirm participation, provide evidence of insurance per detailed specifications and pay the required fee by the deadline date, one of the wait-listed organizations will be given the opportunity to secure the space. Food vendors are not guaranteed space until all paperwork and payment-in-full are received.

    May a food vendor have more than one location?

    The Festival strives to provide opportunities for multiple food purveyors. The food committee works to select diverse food options to be located in both food courts. On rare occasions, beverage vendors may be given the opportunity to occupy multiple locations; these situations are reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

    Are food trucks allowed to apply as a vendor?

    At this time all food vendors are required to operate and serve out of tents provided by the Festival. If a food truck operation is able to work within the established guidelines for food vendors, the group is welcome to apply for consideration. Only designated snack vendors are allowed to operate out of an approved cart or trailer.

Saturday, March 14 & Sunday, March 15, 2015 | 9:30am-5:30pm

Friend of the Festival Information

    Who may join the Friend of the Festival group?

    Everyone should be a Friend of the Festival! Memberships begin at $30 for an individual and $50 for a household. Additional member levels are being established with benefits commensurate with higher giving amounts. More information will be available on the website Friend link as information becomes available.

    What are the benefits of becoming a member of Friends?

    Benefits associated with being a Friend of the Festival are being established and will be posted on the Festival website and in our electronic newsletter in late September.

    How do I pay for my Friend membership?

    It is simple to pay via the Festival website using our secure payment system; we accept all major credit cards. Communication with Friends is done via email including reminders related to renewing membership. Festival correspondence will originate from addresses generated through TucsonFestivalofBooks.org ... please update your settings to ensure timely receipt of information.

    What do membership fees support?

    Friend membership fees ensure that Festival programming continues to be offered free-of-charge. Every gift is important to sustaining the Festival and maintaining the high quality author panels, presentations and workshops for which the Tucson Festival of Books has become known. Think of the Friends group as crowd-sourcing a sponsorship…every donation helps build capacity, contributes to organizational financial stability and ensures long-term sustainability for the Festival. The TFoB is a 501(c)3 organization; therefore, contributions may be considered eligible as a tax deductible donation. Consult your accountant or tax advisor for more information.

Saturday, March 14 & Sunday, March 15, 2015 | 9:30am-5:30pm

Friday Evening Event Information

    How may I purchase a ticket to the Friday Night Author Event?

    The general public will be made aware of ticket availability via the Arizona Daily Star, the Festival website, electronic newsletter, Facebook, Twitter and mobile apps. A limited number of tickets are available and are expected to sell-out quickly. More information will be provided in late September. Ticket purchase information will available via the Festival website. Tickets will be sold on a first-come first-served basis.

Saturday, March 14 & Sunday, March 15, 2015 | 9:30am-5:30pm

Hotel Information

    How may a hotel be listed on the Festival website?

    Please email Hospitality@TucsonFestivalofBooks.org for information related to hotel listings. Provide the property name, location, contact person name, email and phone number. Our hospitality volunteers will follow-up with details related to being added to our list.

    Do hotels offer special rates for Festival-goers?

    Yes, several local hotels partner with the Festival to provide discounted room rates during the weekend. The list will be posted on the website in November with instructions on how to secure reservations.

Saturday, March 14 & Sunday, March 15, 2015 | 9:30am-5:30pm

Logistics Information

    Is there a map of the Festival?

    The Festival map is developed during the fall and will be posted on the website when the layout is finalized. A copy of the map is also found in the Festival insert printed by the Arizona Daily Star and available the Sunday prior to the Festival.

    Where is guest parking during Festival weekend?

    Visitors to the Festival may park free-of-charge in any of the garages, permitted spaces or surface lots available on the UA campus with the exception of:

    • 2nd Street Garage (reserved for Authors and Festival VIP’s)

    • Designated handicapped spaces (always reserved for those with handicapped permits)

    • Locations designated as 24-hour reserved spaces

    Are services for the disabled provided? How do I arrange special accommodations?

    Yes, services are provided and special accommodations may be arranged. The UA Disability Resource Center coordinates these functions for the Festival. Please contact DRC directly at 520.621.3268 Voice/TTY or DRC-info@email.arizona.edu in advance of the Festival to learn how accommodations may be provided.

    May I smoke on campus?

    The University of Arizona is smoke- and tobacco-free effective August 25, 2014. This policy applies to University students, faculty, employees, contractors, volunteers, and visitors on its campuses and in its vehicles. It prohibits the use of any products that contain tobacco or nicotine, including cigarettes, cigars, pipes, bidis, kreteks, hookahs, water pipes, and all forms of smokeless tobacco.

    How are First Amendment Rights protected during the Festival?

    The University of Arizona takes great care to protect First Amendment Rights. Those individuals exercising free speech are welcome to express their opinions during the Festival; however, behavior that is disruptive is not acceptable. All visitors to the University and the Festival are expected to behave in a respectful manner at all times.

    What is the process to collect signatures for petitions at the Festival?

    Petitioners will be expected to follow new guidelines for the 2015 Festival. Information will be posted on the Festival website when it becomes available. Thank you for your patience.

    What security measures are taken during the Festival?

    • University of Arizona Police Department is intimately involved with Festival planning and patrols the event throughout Festival weekend

    • Medical response teams are stationed across the campus to respond to health issues at a moments’ notice

    • Evening patrols are provided by a team of security professionals and supported by UAPD

    • The Festival Command Center is staffed during the entirety of the event to immediately address problems

    • Festival volunteers staff information booths and roam the event and provide assistance in a proactive manner

    • If you experience an emergency, call 911 immediately

    What is the policy related to pets?

    We strongly discourage bringing pets to the Festival. The number of people and the congestion of the event can be frightening for our four-legged friends; even the most docile of animals can become stressed, anxious and confused navigating the crowds. Additionally, pets are not allowed in tents, the food area or campus buildings where the majority of author presentations take place. Service animals are exempt from this policy and are always welcome throughout the campus.

    How do I get a ticket to an author presentation?

    The process for acquiring tickets is being established. Information will be available on the website with instructions on reserving tickets available by February.

    May we take public transportation to the Festival?

    Absolutely! SunTran buses provide weekend service to the campus and utilizing the bus service is strongly recommended. The new SunLink Streetcar is operational from west of downtown to north of the UA with multiple pick-up and drop-off locations. Parking is at a premium during Festival weekend; taking public transportation is a great alternative to driving to campus.

Saturday, March 14 & Sunday, March 15, 2015 | 9:30am-5:30pm

Marketing Information

    What is the policy for acquiring media credentials?

    We are establishing a protocol for media credentialing and will have information posted on the website when the process is in place. Please refer back to the website in February for additional instructions.

    When will author information be made available to the public?

    “Teasers” related to author appearances will be made via the electronic newsletter, Facebook and Twitter during the fall. On Thanksgiving Day, the Arizona Daily Star will run an advertisement highlighting many featured authors; the following day, the author list will be made live on the website. In January, the program schedule will go live via our website. Mobile apps will be updated regularly beginning in January. Regular newspaper, radio and television advertising will begin in mid-February. The 68-page Festival insert will be provided in the Sunday, March 8 edition of the Arizona Daily Star.

    How does our company place an ad in the Festival insert?

    The Festival insert has limited space available for purchased advertisements. Exhibitors are offered the first opportunity to buy ads which typically sell-out quickly through this network.

    May we use the TFoB logo to promote the Festival?

    The Tucson Festival of Books logo is trademarked and may only be used with permission. If you wish to use the logo, please contact Marketing@TucsonFestivalofBooks.org and describe the nature of your request. The Festival provides marketing materials to schools and businesses that may be requested via the website; a number of items will also be available in electronic form that may be downloaded from the website and attached to newsletters and websites to help promote the Festival through your organization. We are grateful to the entire Tucson community for their willingness to promote the event.

Saturday, March 14 & Sunday, March 15, 2015 | 9:30am-5:30pm

Masters Writing Contest & Conference Information

    How does one submit a manuscript for the Masters Writing Contest?

    Information related to the Masters Writing Contest (instructions about submitting the manuscript, timeline for judging and other contest details) may be found on the Festival website.

    What categories are accepted for consideration in the Masters Writing Contest?

    Fiction, non-fiction and poetry.

    Why is there no children’s category in the Masters Writing Contest?

    The Masters Writing Contest feeds into the Masters Writing Conference. Currently, faculty at the Conference are writers of fiction, non-fiction and poetry. There is not a children’s focus at the conference therefore, we do not accept children’s stories for the contest.

    What is the deadline for the Masters Writing Contest?

    Wednesday, October 15, 2014. All submissions must meet the conditions outlined in the contest information.

    When are winners of the Masters Writing Contest notified?

    Winners will be notified late December.

    What is the process to participate in the Masters Writing Conference?

    Invitation to participate in the Masters Writing Conference is based upon the writing sample provided in the Masters Writing Contest. The top submissions will be invited to attend the Conference; winners in each category will have the conference fee waived. Other participants are asked to pay a nominal fee to attend. The Conference is led by five faculty who conduct small group sessions, provide feedback to writers and offer advice to aspiring authors.

    When is the Masters Writing Conference?

    The Conference will take place on Monday, March 16 and Tuesday, March 17, 2015 (immediately following the Tucson Festival of Books).

Saturday, March 14 & Sunday, March 15, 2015 | 9:30am-5:30pm

Moderator Information

    What is the role of a moderator at the Festival?

    Moderators are an important part of each panel presentation. They communicate with their assigned author(s) in advance (contact information will be provided) to develop rapport and mutual understanding of the topic. For many moderators, this is the most interesting part of the job. The moderator’s goal is to maximize the involvement of each author and provide an opportunity for the audience to ask questions at the end of the session. Moderators are expected to read the work of the author(s) to whom they are assigned in order to direct the conversation between and among author panelists in a meaningful way.

    How are moderators selected?

    The Author Committee is responsible for creating author panels and often selects the moderator for the session. Sometimes the author committee asks that the Moderator Committee assign an individual to the session. When that happens, every attempt is made to identify a moderator who has expertise or interest in the presentation subject.

    I’ve never been a moderator…is there training provided?

    Yes, we provide information via email as well as training sessions to assist moderators in preparing for their responsibilities. It is very important that first time moderators attend a training session to assure the best possible Festival experience for authors, readers and sponsors.

    I’ve moderated at other events…must I attend training?

    Although not a requirement, we do ask that moderators follow the protocol outlined by the Tucson Festival of Books for managing panels. Detailed expectations and instructions will be provided via email to those selected to serve as a moderator.

    How may I be considered to moderate a TFoB panel?

    Please send your name, email address and areas of expertise / interest to Moderators@TucsonFestivalofBooks.org so we may add your name to our list of potential moderators. Unfortunately, not everyone who indicates interest in becoming a moderator will be selected.

Saturday, March 14 & Sunday, March 15, 2015 | 9:30am-5:30pm

Newspaper Insert Information

    How does our company place an ad in the Festival insert?

    The Festival insert has limited space available for purchased advertisements. Exhibitors are offered the first opportunity to buy ads which typically sell-out quickly through this network. Inquiries should be directed to Marketing@TucsonFestivalofBooks.org

    How does the public receive a copy of the Festival insert?

    The Arizona Daily Star publishes a 68-page Festival insert to be included in the Sunday, March 8 edition of the newspaper. We strongly recommend purchasing a copy of the newspaper that day as quantities of the insert at the Festival will be extremely limited. We plan to have abbreviated content available at the Festival and will have schedules posted throughout the event. Festival-goers are encouraged to utilize the website and mobile apps to plan their attendance using on-line tools to create a personalized schedule of programs and events.

Saturday, March 14 & Sunday, March 15, 2015 | 9:30am-5:30pm

Pima County Public Library Information

    How is the Pima County Public Library involved with the Festival?

    Pima County Public Library has played an integral part of the Festival since its beginning in 2009. Librarians and library staff serve year-round on the Steering Committee and Author Committee to identify and bring a variety of authors to the event for readers of all ages and interests. Library staff also participate as facilitators at the Festival’s author events. The Bookmobile, Overdrive bus and Bookbike are all available at the Festival. In addition, lots of friendly library staff are on-hand to meet and greet Festival-goers. Pima County Public Library sponsors the well-attended Nuestras Raíces Tent which offers programs specifically planned for the Festival. Nuestras Raíces is a library program that builds community by celebrating Mexican-American authors, arts, and culture throughout the year.

Saturday, March 14 & Sunday, March 15, 2015 | 9:30am-5:30pm

Science City Information

    What is being done to celebrate Super Pi Day (Saturday, March 14, 2015 – 3.1415)?

    We have several special events planned for Super Pi Day! Check the website for more information as the date draws nearer.

    How does a group apply to participate in Science City?

    Apply to be a Science City participant by October 15. A group / organization must submit a comprehensive application describing the activity to be conducted in Science City no later than October 15, 2014. If your organization is strictly interested in providing information (as opposed to offering an activity-based, hands-on experience), please work through the Festival Exhibitor process to secure a booth.

    What does Science City have to do with literacy?

    Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) literacy are critically important to creating a well-educated citizenry. Exposing visitors to the wealth of science opportunities in the Tucson area has become an important part of the Festival. Numerous authors of science-based books are scheduled to speak on the Main Stage in Science City as well as other venues across the campus. Science City has become a favorite destination for visitors to the Tucson Festival of Books and we are proud to host the largest science event in the state of Arizona. No other book festival in the country has an emphasis on STEM literacy comparable to Science City.

    What is the process to volunteer in Science City?

    Volunteers in Science City must apply directly to the committee. Follow the link on the Festival website to receive more information when it becomes available in January.

    What is the meaning of the neighborhoods that make up Science City?

    The neighborhoods segment Science City into more general areas of science. It's a way of organizing the activities and participants for the benefit of the attendees.

    Science City have a website or are they on social media?

    Yes! The website address is www.sciencecity.arizona.edu . The site contains information on becoming a participant or volunteer, photos and videos from previous years, sponsor information, and much more! To check Science City out on social media:

    • Follow us on https://Twitter.com/TFOBsciencecity

    • Like us on https://Facebook.com/TFOBsciencecity

    • See photos of Science City as it's happening at instagram.com/TFOBsciencecity

Saturday, March 14 & Sunday, March 15, 2015 | 9:30am-5:30pm

Sponsor Information

    What are the sponsor levels and benefits?

    Sponsor information may be found on each website page on the right sidebar. Levels range from $100,000 to $1,000 with benefits dependent upon the size of the contribution. Donations are gladly accepted at any level and sponsor packages may be negotiated to accommodate any budget. Friend of the Festival memberships range from $30 - $999 and may be made via the website. The Tucson Festival of Books is a 501(c)3 organization; therefore, contributions may be considered eligible as a tax deductible donation. Consult your accountant or tax advisor for more information.

    Why should a company invest in the Festival?

    Because the Festival is making a positive impact in Tucson every day of the year! Not only has the Festival become a premier event for the community each March, proceeds from the event are re-invested in agencies that provide literacy programming on a year-round basis. Literacy Connects, Reading Seed and UA Literacy Outreach Programs receive funding to continue their important work improving literacy rates. Since 2009 over $900,000 has been contributed to these agencies.

    Is there a listing of Festival sponsors?

    Festival sponsors are listed on the Exhibitor link (all sponsors are listed at the beginning of the Exhibitor page) and on the Sponsor page. Sponsors at and above the $25,000 level are identified on each page of the website in the right sidebar.

Saturday, March 14 & Sunday, March 15, 2015 | 9:30am-5:30pm

Technology Information

    I am getting a "Security Certificate" warning when I try to connect to the website…what do I do?

    Certain parts of this website are running in a secure environment to protect you and your information. All forms (especially those involving payment processing), the Festival Portal, and some other minor resources require the use of SSL/TLS. If you are running Internet Explorer, the simplest way to fix the certificate warning issue is to try using Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome to access the website instead. Technical details: the warning happens for two reasons. The first reason is that some old operating systems and web browsers don't recognize the StartCom root certificate authority. You can try to install the StartCom root certificate to see if that fixes the problem. The other reason is that Internet Explorer under Windows XP is unable to handle a protocol known as TLS Server Name Indication (TLS SNI). The Festival website sits on a web server that also hosts other websites. Without TLS SNI support, the web browser will get back a broken response from the web server. There is no way to work around this issue without incurring significant cost to the Festival. Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome both correctly recognize the StartCom certificate authority and have TLS SNI support even under Windows XP.

    What is the Festival Portal?

    The Festival Portal is the method by which the Festival communicates important personalized information to a wide variety of participants (i.e. authors, entertainers, exhibitors, food vendors), collects payments, and offers a printer-ready format of the relevant information. Access to the system is a privilege, not a right. Users are sent credentials as soon as it is relevant to go into the system.

    What is my password to the Festival Portal?

    If you have access to the Festival Portal then you will (eventually) receive information containing your credentials, typically through email along with important instructions. With few exceptions, access credentials will come from the appropriate Festival committee member(s) as soon as it makes sense to go into the Festival Portal. If you are expecting a message and the message isn't in your inbox, check your spam folder. If it isn't in either place, reach out to your Festival committee member(s) and ask them to resend your access credentials to you. Note: we require a current email address on file associated with your account or you won't get your password because emails are sent to whatever email address we have for you. If you have your credentials and are encountering difficulties signing in, try this useful tip: highlight the password, right-click, click "Copy", switch to the Festival Portal, right-click on the Password field, click "Paste". Festival Portal credentials are automatically reset by the system shortly after each Festival. This is intentional while we prepare for the next Festival and adds security by automatically changing access information once a year.

    Please help! Something else is wrong or I've encountered a bug

    Great! Well, not great. We are always trying to improve the website and the software powering it. As a result, bugs and other issues arise from time to time. Just fire up your email and politely write in detail what specific steps you took so that we can replicate the issue(s) more easily. Then plug in Help@TucsonFestivalofBooks.org into the "To:" field and click Send. We'll take it from there and get back to you as soon as the problem is fixed.

Saturday, March 14 & Sunday, March 15, 2015 | 9:30am-5:30pm

University of Arizona BookStore Information

    When is the Character Breakfast?

    The UA BookStore offers the Character Breakfast as a special literary event for young readers. Storybooks come to life at the breakfast through read-aloud story time and real-life appearances by a multitude of characters. Tickets are available via the UA BookStore website in February.

    What is the American Girl Tea?

    Fans of American Girl books and dolls enjoy an interactive tea and American Girl author reading hosted by the UA BookStore. The tea is immensely popular with young ladies, their mothers and grandmothers and often sells-out. Tickets are available via the UA BookStore website in February.

    How much do BookStore events cost?

    The cost to attend the Character Breakfast and American Girl Tea are set by the UA BookStore and will be posted on their website in February. Every attempt is made to keep ticket costs reasonable so the widest possible audience may participate.

    What is the process to volunteer to assist with BookStore events?

    Volunteering for events hosted by the UA BookStore is managed through the Festival volunteer registration process. To learn more about volunteering for the Festival, visit the Volunteer link on the left sidebar on any website page.

    Are there literacy events hosted by the BookStore that take place throughout the year?

    The UA BookStore offers a plethora of book-related activities ranging from UA alumni author programs to children’s storytime to Pulitzer Prize-winning author events. An independent book store, the UA BookStores have multiple locations across the UA campus as well as satellite stores in the Tucson Mall, Park Mall and at Main Gate Square.

    Is it possible to pre-purchase books from the BookStore for Festival authors?

    Absolutely! When our author list is posted on the Festival website, there will be a “buy now” button for each Festival author that links their book directly to the UA BookStore e-commerce department. Our goal is to make the purchasing process simple and user-friendly for the book-loving public. For those of you who prefer to purchase through Amazon, we ask that you consider making those purchases through the UA BookStore link (which adds no cost to the buyer) and enables the BookStore to support important student initiatives on the campus.

Saturday, March 14 & Sunday, March 15, 2015 | 9:30am-5:30pm

Volunteer Information

    How may I volunteer with the Festival?

    Sign-up to receive our volunteer registration announcement by placing your name in our volunteer registry. Find the link on the left sidebar under Get Involved: Volunteers. Information will be emailed in January. Festival correspondence will originate from addresses generated through TucsonFestivalofBooks.org ... please update your settings to ensure timely receipt of information.

    Are there opportunities to volunteer year-round with the Festival?

    If you are interested in volunteering year-round, please email Volunteers@TucsonFestivalofBooks.org with information regarding your interest area(s) and previous experience. We will make every attempt to find a position that complements your skills and fills a need for the Festival.

    What is the timeline for volunteer solicitation?

    Volunteer registration is made available to the public in January. We have approximately 2,000 shifts with the Festival (Science City utilizes an additional 700 volunteers). Jobs are filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Communication with volunteers will be provided via email based upon the shift(s) an individual chooses. All Festival volunteers receive a special limited-edition t-shirt to be worn during their service period at the Tucson Festival of Books (we hope you will wear it after the Festival as well)!

    When will the walk-through volunteer training sessions take place?

    Training dates and times have yet to be determined. When registering for a volunteer shift, you will have the opportunity to select a training session to attend. Many of our volunteers have assisted us in the past and wonder if the walk-throughs are valuable…the answer is a resounding YES! Every year, the Festival changes and we review important updates for our volunteers during the training sessions. Following the walk-through trainings we offer break-out sessions specific to each volunteer position which provide invaluable information. We encourage everyone to attend and learn what’s new!

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Named Sponsors

Arizona Daily Star
University of Arizona

Presenting Sponsors

University of Arizona Medical Center

Major Sponsors

Friend of the Festival
Helios Education Foundation
Stocker Foundation
University of Arizona BookStores

Key Sponsors

Marshall Foundation
Miriam Brucker Trust
William & Mary Ross Foundation

Become a Sponsor


Sponsor Information Sheet

To become a sponsor, please email Marcy Euler.

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