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)

Tom Hawks

Tom Hawks was born and raised in the Chicago, Illinois area. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice Sciences from Illinois State University and is also a graduate of the Chicago Police Academy. He has worked as a Police Officer in the Chicago area and in private security, prior to entering the Casino Gaming industry, as a Casino Surveillance Director and Regulator. Tom has lived and worked for over two decades in the casino surveillance and gaming regulatory fields for both commercially-owned Casino Hotel Resorts, as well as, Native American Tribes, in Las Vegas, Nevada, Arizona, Michigan, Illinois and Indiana. He is an avid reader of both fiction and nonfiction in U.S. history, military arts and sciences, law enforcement, crime, criminology, leadership principles, Native American philosophy and Zen Buddhist philosophy. He considers himself to be a writer, philosopher, a student of Native American history, culture and philosophy and a student of Zen Buddhist history, culture and philosophy. He is also a modern-day cowboy, a poet, a peaceful warrior and a student of life. He believes that he was destined to be a writer, a philosopher, a Buddhist monk, a hermit, a Mountain Man or all of the above combined. He is a simple man with a simple plan, who proudly lives and will proudly die by The Code of the West. Tom’s life heroes and mentors include: his dad, his son, Mark Twain, Ernest Hemingway, the legendary Lakota Sioux warrior Crazy Horse, Henry David Thoreau, singer/song-writer/novelist and Calypso poet Jimmy Buffett and every dog and horse he has ever had the pleasure to share his life with. Tom has lived in Arizona, Florida, Michigan, Nevada and Illinois. He currently resides in Sahuarita, Arizona, with his wife Lynn and his best friend, a black Labrador retriever named Cowboy. His philosophy and way of living his life can be summed up in one word: Simplify. He may be reached via his personal email address at This is Tom’s third published novel.

Scheduled events:
Author Pavilion - Adult Fiction
Author Pavilion - Adult Fiction (Seats 12)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sat, Mar 11, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Authors: Fred Andersen, Christopher Broom, Mary Ann Carman, Scott Combs, Louise Conrad, Susan Feathers, K.H. Finder, Tom Hawks, Thomas Novak, Georgann Prochaska, Fiona Skye, Jan Taylor

Chance and Circumstance, A Chance Colt Literary Mystery
Mystery / Thrillers
Brighton Publishing LLC.
September 2016
ISBN 9781621833949
Paperback, 224 pages
The author will make this book available for sale at the Author Pavilion during the Festival.

Sheriff Colt keeps the peace in Santa Cruz County. Two dead men are found hanging from a tree, and he may have a serial killer on his hands. More/less

The Consequences of Being Ernest
Fiction / Literature
Merriam Press
December 2015
ISBN 9781576384718
Paperback, 166 pages
The author will make this book available for sale at the Author Pavilion during the Festival.

Merriam Press Fiction No. 3 First Edition, 2015 A dark, sad, comedic, fictional account of a man who believes he is the reincarnation of Ernest Hemingway. 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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