University of Arizona Campus  •  March 2 - 3, 2019  •  9:30am to 5:30pm
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Eight Questions

University of Arizona Professor Ander Monson on the essay, David Foster Wallace, and constructing culture through writing. More »

Panel Profile: A Conversation on Segregated Spaces

Read about the authors and their points of view before coming to the panel on Saturday. More »

The University of Arizona Prison Project comes to the Festival of Books

The University of Arizona Prison Education Project has been going on since the 1970s. More »

Author Spotlight: Eliot Schrefer and the Great Apes

YA author Eliot Schrefer tells us about his research and inspiration for the Ape Quartet. More »

Author Spotlight: Unspeakable History with Affinity Konar

Mischling author Affinity Konar responds to a few questions about life, writing, and the space between. More »

UA Professor investigates transitions in race and gender

University of Arizona cultural historian and first-time TFOB author Tyina Steptoe has looked into Houston’s transformation into an ethnically diverse urban area and how popular musicians impact ideas about gender. Repost from College of Social and Behavioral Sciences website. More »

Author Spotlight: Through the Years with Alice Hoffman

Alice Hoffman has had a long and prosperous career. Read about her themes and progress in an interview with Festival writer Joan Vos MacDonald. More »

Author Spotlight: The Writing Spirit of Guadalupe Garcia McCall

Guadalupe Garcia McCall does double duty: She works as an English and Language Arts teacher, and writes poetry and novels. For her, one could not have started without the other. More »

Author Spotlight: Getting Real with Maureen Dowd

Columnist Maureen Dowd took some time to chat with Festival Blog writer Elena to discuss writing for the New York Times in today's political climate. More »

Exploring the "Comfortable Racial Contradictions" in Brazil

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Author Spotlight: Altering History with Nisi Shawl

Prolific speculative fiction author Nisi Shawl took some time to talk about stories and the writing process. More »

Author Spotlight: Rescuing Stories with Lillian Faderman

Author and scholar Lillian Faderman answers a few questions about her research and books about LGBTQ+ history. More »

Author Spotlight: Dreams to Reality with Darynda Jones

Catch up with romantic urban fantasy author Darynda Jones before heading off to your weekend. More »

Author Spotlight: Finding Time with Mira Grant

What's it like to work under two names? Author Mira Grant answers a few question about writing, research, and all the things inbetween. More »

The College of Social and Behavioral Sciences Partners with Community Groups for the Festival

The College of Social and Behavioral Sciences has a special connection to the Festival this year. Read about their partner organizations and the authors they are bringing to the festival. More »

Author Spotlight: Asking Amy Dickinson

Amy Dickinson answered a few of our questions recently. See what she had to say! More »

Author Spotlight: Getting Started with Ausma Zehanat Khan

Get to know first-time Festival author Ausma Zehanat Khan and her work in fiction and nonfiction in this changing world. More »

The LGBTQ Story at the Festival

Catch the special track on LGBTQ Issues and other LGBTQ-centered panels at the Festival. More »

Pearl Harbor and Japanese-American Internment at the Festival

See what authors and books will be featured regarding Pearl Harbor, World War II, and Japanese-American Internment. More »

Author Spotlight: The Whirlwind World of Nikki Grimes

Get to know first-time Festival author Nikki Grimes, author of Bronx Masquerade and this year's One Last Word: Wisdom from the Harlem Renaissance. More »

Author Spotlight: A Chat with Lisa See

Dig deeper into the research and writing habits of Festival Author Lisa See, whose book The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane will be released this spring. More »

6 Tips for Making the Best of Author Panels

Are you ready for author panels! The schedule is live and ready for your perusal! More »

Social Justice Reading at the Festival

It's Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Here's some social justice reading for your holiday. More »

Arizona Authors at the Festival

Catch a huge number of local authors at the Tucson Festival of Books! More »

Youth Preview

Festival Blogger Sarah Hannah Gómez highlights a few things she's excited about in the Children's and Young Adults' areas of the festival. More »

Blurb Roundup: Books About Space!

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New Year, New Challenge: Read Harder at the Festival!

The Book Riot Read Harder Challenge is a favorite among book people. Check out the Festival authors whose books you can read to make your way through it! More »

Editorial: Why I’m A Friend of the Festival

The Friend of the Festival organization is an integral part of the Tucson Festival of Books. What do you know about it? More »

Panel Feature: Jared Diamond Presents

Why have some species of animals dominated the earth? Why have certain nations acquired wealth whereas others failed? What lessons can we learn from vanished societies or from the traditional cultures that exist in isolated pockets throughout the world? These are the kinds of questions that Jared Diamond thinks about and that propel him to write books. More »

Author Spotlight: Scott Simon

If you miss hearing Scott Simon’s voice, at once authoritative and folksy, on NPR’s Morning Edition Saturday while he’s on a leave of absence, you can get a fix at the Tucson Festival of Books. More »

Author Spotlight: Paula McLain

For many the definition of a good book is its ability to take the reader away from the humdrum of ordinary life. Paula McLain’s bestselling novels have done just that by inviting readers into the lives of forgotten, remarkable real-life women. More »

Author Spotlight: Adam Rex

Tucson writer and illustrator Adam Rex is back to talk about the newest adventures of Smek, after having his book, The True Meaning of Smekday, adapted into Home by DreamWorks Animation. He gave us a pre-festival update on what he’s doing. More »

Author Spotlight: Robert Sabuda

Call Robert Sabuda an artist or an illustrator, but truly, the Michigan native is a master paper engineer. His acclaimed pop-up books are beautiful works of art that make stories not only come alive, but become touchable tales for young and old. More »

Emerging Authors

No matter what kind of book sets your heart aflutter, the Tucson Festival of Books is a great opportunity to find new authors to love, including these emerging authors. More »

Stories that Soar! returns to Tucson Festival of Books

Literacy Connects' Stories that Soar! program has been delighting Festival-goers with storytelling in its most dynamic form since the Festival's inaugural event in 2009. Learn more about this remarkable program that celebrates literacy, inspires creativity and positively impacts the Tucson community. More »

The Festival Is A Nonfiction Bonanza--And That's A Fact!

Festival of Books's nonfiction authors deal in big ideas--among them, astrophysics, baseball heroes, the price of security in post-9/11 America, and the whereabouts of the lost city of Atlantis. More »

TFOB Is Fun For The Whole Family!

From live storytellers to some hands-on excitement with rodents and reptiles at Science City, the Tucson Festival of Books is a great time for kids of all ages! More »

Your Favorite Mystery Authors At TFOB 2015!

Whether you favor exotic intrigue, police procedurals, or alluring cozies, the Tucson Festival of Books has it covered! More »

New Books! March Releases From TFOB Authors

We've rounded up new March releases from Tucson Festival of Books 2015 authors. Make sure to buy books from your favorite authors now, so you can have them sign your copy at the Festival, or pre-order them so they'll be waiting when you return! More »

Author Interview: Starr Sanders

Starr Sanders is currently a freelance writer in Tucson, AZ who has spent most of her life educating others. This year, Starr will be joining the Tucson Festival of Books in the Author Pavilion with her first published novel The Boy Without A Face. More »

UA College of SBS (Featuring Noam Chomsky!) At The Tucson Festival of Books

The US College of SBS’s feature event at the Festival is the session “A Conversation with Noam Chomsky” on March 15 at 4 p.m. in Centennial Hall, which they are sponsoring with the Tucson Festival of Books and The Nation. More »

Author Interview: Scott Lynch

Scott Lynch’s GENTLEMEN BASTARD series introduces a world of magic, suspense, and intrigue that you just don't want to leave. More »

Former President Of Ireland To Speak About Climate Justice And Human Rights

Former president of Ireland Mary Robinson will present the talk, “Everybody Matters: Climate Change and Human Rights,” on Thursday, March 12, at 6 pm in Centennial Hall on the University of Arizona campus. More »

Panel Profile: Healthy Bodies/Healthy Minds

Join former U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Richard Carmona and University of Arizona (UA) professor of surgery Dr. Peter Rhee for the Healthy Bodies/Healthy Minds: Preventative and Responsive Medicine for our Times panel. More »

10 Tips For Visiting The Tucson Festival Of Books

One Festival veteran and local book blogger shares her favorite tips for attending the Tucson Festival of Books. More »

Panel Profile: Creating Strong Girls Who Bring Life to History

The voices of women and girls have largely been absent in our histories. Many Tucson Festival of Books authors, however, are beginning to change that by giving them voices in their historical fiction. More »

New Books! February Releases From TFOB Authors

Find new books coming out this February from Tucson Festival of Books authors! More »

Panel Profile: The Undying Appeal of the Undead

What is it about the undead? No matter how many books have been written about ghosts, vampires, and zombies, readers keep coming back for more. More »

Author Interview: Isabel Quintero

Gabi, the protagonist in Isabel Quintero's debut novel GABI: A GIRL IN PIECES, is the self-aware, smart, and hilarious person we all wished we were (or were friends with) in high school. More »

Author Interview: Mary Doria Russell

Few authors can write one of the very best science fiction novels, as well as one of the best stick-em-up, tear-jerkin' Westerns. Award-winning, critically acclaimed author Mary Doria Russell can however. More »

Author Interview: Sue Miller

Best-selling and critically acclaimed novelist, Sue Miller, is a master at describing the small and seemingly inconsequential decisions that ultimately shape the life of her characters. More »

Author Interview: Valerie Plame

What do you do after you are at the center of a Washington political scandal and Naomi Watts plays you in a movie based on your memoir? If you are Valerie Plame, you write mystery novels. More »

Top 3 Moments from the 2014 Pima Library Audio Interviews

During 2014's Tucson Festival of Books, students interviewed authors ranging from R.L. Stine to Matt de la Pena to Lois Lowry. Here are some of our favorite outtakes. More »

Author Interview: Iris Johansen

Iris Johansen is a New York Times best-selling author who has published in genres ranging from romances to mysteries to thrillers. More »

Author Interview: Ruth Reichl

Ruth Reichl is the author of the novel Delicious! and four memoirs: Tender at the Bone, Garlic and Sapphires, Comfort Me with Apples, and Not Becoming My Mother. More »

Author Interview: Gini Koch

Gini Koch, author of ALIEN Katherine "Kitty" Katt series, answers a few questions about her work and life as a writer for the Tucson Festival of Books. More »

Author Interview: Lisa McMann

Lisa McMann, author of THE UNWANTEDS series, takes some time to answer questions about her writing with TFOB. More »

Author Interview: Robert Crais

When Robert Crais – best-selling novelist – makes his fourth appearance at the Tucson Festival of Books this year, he’ll have a confession to make. More »

Why Do You Volunteer? 6 Questions With Meg Files

Meg Files, long-time Festival volunteer, helps discover global talent while directing Tucson Festival of Books Literary Awards and Masters Workshop. More »

Author Interview: Katherine Paterson

Katherine Paterson, author of BRIDGE TO TERABITHIA and JACOB HAVE I LOVED, is one of the most celebrated children's authors in the world. More »

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Presenting Sponsors

Tucson Medical Center

Major Sponsors

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