University of Arizona Campus  •  March 10 - 11, 2018  •  9:30am to 5:30pm
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Save the date for 2017!

March 11-12, 2017 (9:30am - 5:30pm)

Save the date for 2018!

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

Lydia Reeder

Ms. Reeder is appearing courtesy of Algonquin Books

Lydia Reeder is the grandniece of Sam Babb, the extraordinary basketball coach featured in "Dust Bowl Girls." She has worked as a copywriter and editor on behalf of corporate and organizational clients, and most recently developed an eLearning program for a national nursing association. An Oklahoma native, she now lives in Denver with her husband. "Dust Bowl Girls" is her first book.

Kirkus Review(11/01/2016):
A former magazine editor tells the story of how, at the height of the Great Depression, her great-uncle trained a group of young women from rural Oklahoma to become college basketball stars.The son of a stern preacher father, Missourian Sam Babb survived a leg amputation in his teenage years to become a successful Oklahoma school superintendent. His career took an unexpected turn in the early 1920s when he decided to become a part-time high school girls basketball coach. As she tells the amazing story of Babb and his underdog women's basketball team, Reeder also reveals the challenges facing serious female athletes during the 1920s and '30s.

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Scheduled events:
Unique Women in Sports History
From college basketball in the 1930's to professional baseball in the 1990's to present day thoroughbred horse racing, authors discuss the unique women who have played a part in sports history.

Student Union Tucson Room (Seats 110)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sat, Mar 11, 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Signing area: Sales & Signing Area - UA BookStore Tent (on Mall) (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Ila Borders, Joe Drape, Lydia Reeder
Moderator: Steve Alley
Little-Known Sports Heroines
Poignant but often little known stories of women in sport are shared through words and photos.

Integrated Learning Center Room 150 (Seats 155, Wheelchair accessible)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sun, Mar 12, 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Signing area: Sales & Signing Area - Integrated Learning Center (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Ila Borders, Lydia Reeder, Molly Schiot
Moderator: Brett Fera

Dust Bowl Girls: A Team's Quest for Basketball Glory
Algonquin Books
January 2017
ISBN 9781616204662
Hardcover, 304 pages
$26.95, INSTOCK
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"A thrilling, cinematic story. I loved every minute I spent with these bold, daring women whose remarkable journey is the stuff of American legend. 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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