University of Arizona Campus  •  March 10 - 11, 2018  •  9:30am to 5:30pm
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March 10-11, 2018 (9:30am - 5:30pm)
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Claiborne Smith



Michael Thad Carter

Mr. Smith is appearing courtesy of Kirkus Media

Clay Smith is editor in chief of Kirkus Reviews and board member of the National Book Critics Circle. He is considered one of the most authoritative voices in the publishing world. He is also the literary director of the San Antonio Book Festival. Prior to joining Kirkus Media in November 2012, he was the literary director of the Texas Book Festival, where he was widely credited for growing the scope, national extent and reputation of the Festival. A recognized book journalist since 1998, Smith previously served as the magazine’s features editor. Smith began his career in journalism at the Austin Chronicle, where he rose to become a senior editor covering books. He is a graduate of the Cultural Reporting and Criticism graduate program at New York University.

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Scheduled events:
An Interview with Alice Hoffman
The internationally best-selling author of more than 30 books shares her thoughts on literature and discusses her latest novel, "Faithful," examining the balance between the ordinary and extraordinary in art and life.

Modern Languages Room 350 (Seats 318, Wheelchair accessible)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sat, Mar 11, 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Fiction / Literature
Signing area: Sales & Signing Area - Central Mall (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelist: Alice Hoffman
Moderator: Claiborne Smith
The Book Reviewer's Beat
Book critics are the ultimate advocates for readers. They help you discover great books that you never would have found on your own. They help you steer clear of books that wouldn't suit you. They guide the reading life of the culture. Ever wonder how they find and choose the books they review? How they handle the necessarily charged relationship with the authors they review? Three prominent book reviewers give you a behind-the-scenes look at their journalistic beat.

Integrated Learning Center Room 150 (Seats 155, Wheelchair accessible)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sat, Mar 11, 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Book / Movie Biz
Signing area: Sales & Signing Area - Integrated Learning Center (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Colette Bancroft, Claiborne Smith, Tom Zoellner
Moderator: Gregory McNamee
WORKSHOP: Getting Your Book Reviewed
Book reviews sell books, but getting a reviewer to write about your book can be quite a challenge. This prominent reviewer offers an inside look at how books are chosen for review and how authors can facilitate getting their books reviewed.

Integrated Learning Center Room 141 (Seats 60, Wheelchair accessible)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sun, Mar 12, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Book / Movie Biz
Signing area: Sales & Signing Area - Integrated Learning Center (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelist: Claiborne Smith

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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