Nikki Steele / February 4, 2015
Meg Files began volunteering with the Tucson Festival of Books from the very beginning of the Festival's history. Now, she directs the TFOB Literary Awards and Masters Workshop. She talks about her Festival "dream author," reasons for becoming a volunteer, and advice for new volunteers.
I’ve been delighted to be involved with the Festival from the start. I’ve been on panels, I’ve joined readings, and I’ve moderated panels. Now, for the third year, I’m directing the Literary Awards and the Masters Workshop. Last year, I spent time meeting folks at Pima Community College’s booth, too.
What writer wouldn’t want to join this wonderful community of readers and authors? And as a teacher and book lover, I relish the opportunity to help spread the joys of reading and writing.
The Literary Awards have attracted not only national but international interest. Submissions came in from nearly every state and from countries including India, Scotland, Japan, England, and Iran. Last year’s scholarship winners came from Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia, New Mexico, and, yes, Tucson. The quality of the submissions has knocked my socks off. I have been heartened to see the world’s thriving need to write.
Some of my favorite moments have been hanging out in the authors’ hospitality room and meeting my personal writer idols.
You already love books. Remember that everyone who comes to the Festival loves books, too — or is ready to love them. Do no harm to books or readers!
I would love to see poet Billy Collins return to Tucson for the Festival.
We depend on over 2,000 volunteers to help us put on an event that is now the fourth largest book festival in the nation! No experience is necessary. All we ask is that you bring a warm smile and a helpful attitude! We'll bring the award-winning authors, once in a lifetime opportunities, and your very own volunteer t-shirt.