University of Arizona Campus  •  March 10 - 11, 2018  •  9:30am to 5:30pm
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March 11-12, 2017 (9:30am - 5:30pm)

Save the date for 2018!

March 10-11, 2018 (9:30am - 5:30pm)

Nancy Plain

Nancy Plain is an award-winning writer of nonfiction for young readers, and is known for her books "Light on the Prairie," One Sky Above Us," and "Sagebrush and Paintbrush." Her most recent biography is "This Strange Wilderness," about the groundbreaking ornithologist and bird artist, John James Audubon. Nancy is a four-time winner of the Spur Award for Best Western Juvenile Nonfiction. Her work has also been named a YALSA/ALA Nonfiction Finalist. Among her other awards are the National Outdoor Book Award, the Nebraska Book Award, the Will Rogers Medallion Award and first place in Youth Nonfiction from the National Federation of Press Women.

Nancy is drawn to true tales of the past--memoirs, diaries, letters, and eyewitness accounts--because they are glimpses into the mystery of other times and other people’s lives. She has had a lifelong love for the American West and has written several books on Western topics, from a history of Chief Joseph and the Nez Perce War to a biography of the pioneer photographer, Solomon D. Butcher.

Nancy has a B.A. in history from the University of Pennsylvania and an M.A. in music education from New York University. She has three grown daughters and four grandchildren and lives in New Jersey with her husband, Alan Goldfeder. Nancy currently serves as vice president of the Western Writers of America. She is also a member of the New Jersey State Council of The Humane Society of the United States and sponsors a rescue horse named Blaze, at Mylestone Equine Rescue.

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Scheduled events:
Western Writers of America Spur Award Winners
Western Writers of America Spur Award winners discuss the past, present, and future of the western in history, fiction, biography, and song.

Modern Languages Room 350 (Seats 318, Wheelchair accessible)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sun, Mar 12, 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Signing area: Sales & Signing Area - Central Mall (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Johnny Boggs, Chris Enss, Anne Hillerman, Craig Johnson, Nancy Plain
Moderator: Kirk Ellis

This Strange Wilderness: Life and Art of James John Audubon
Children / Teens
University of Nebraska Press
March 2015
ISBN 9780803248847
Paperback, 112 pages
$19.95, INSTOCK
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Describes how the writer and naturalist set about recording in both word and image the birds of North America, and details the legacy his work has left behind.

Light on the Prairie: Solomon D. Butcher, Photographer of Nebraska's Pioneer Days
History / Biography
Bison Books
September 2012
ISBN 9780803235205
Paperback, 128 pages
$16.95, INSTOCK
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Once President Lincoln signed the Homestead Act of 1862, which granted 160 acres of free land to anyone with the grit to farm it for five years, the rush to the Great Plains was on. More/less

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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