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)

Julian Guthrie Ms.

Ms. Guthrie is sponsored by Jennifer Casteix & George Jenson

Julian Guthrie is a journalist and author based in the San Francisco Bay Area. She spent twenty years at the San Francisco Chronicle, where she won numerous awards, including the Best of the West Award and the Society of Professional Journalists' Public Service Award. Her feature writing and enterprise reporting were nominated multiple times for the Pulitzer Prize.

Her articles have also been published by The Wall Street Journal, Time,, Forbes, and The Huffington Post. Her first nonfiction book, "The Grace of Everyday Saints: How a Band of Believers Lost Their Church and Found Their Faith," was published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, and was an O magazine pick for a top nonfiction book in fall 2011.

Ms. Guthrie's second book "The Billionaire and the Mechanic: How Larry Ellison and a Car Mechanic Teamed Up to Win Sailing's Greatest Race, The America's Cup" was published in 2013 by Grove/Atlantic and was a national best-seller. It was one of Forbes Magazine's top ten nonfiction books of 2013. An expanded paperback edition of the book - detailing Oracle Racing's epic comeback against Team New Zealand - was published in 2014.

Her new book, "How to Make a Spaceship: A Band of Renegades, an Epic Race, and the Birth of Private Spaceflight," released by Penguin/Random House in September 2016, tells the story of a cast of characters who dreamed of getting to space without the government's help. This cast includes aviators, test pilots, engineering school dropouts, NASA retirees, billionaires, and a particularly determined space geek who refused to give up on his outsized dream.

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Scheduled events:
Big People, Big Ideas
Profiling people with big ideas who changed the face of space exploration and competitive sailing.

Koffler Room 218 (Seats 142, Wheelchair accessible)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sat, Mar 11, 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Science / Medicine / Technology
Signing area: Sales & Signing Area - Koffler Patio (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelist: Julian Guthrie
Moderator: Andrea Kelly
Women Writing about Women in Science
Julian Guthrie, Nathalia Holt and Kristin Block, along with science operations engineer Block, share their experiences as women writing about other women in the sciences, their influences and challenges.

Science City - Main Stage (Seats 155)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sun, Mar 12, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Science / Medicine / Technology
Signing area: Signing Area - Flandrau BookStore (Science City) (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Kristin Block, Julian Guthrie, Nathalia Holt
Moderator: Nancy Atkinson

How to Make a Spaceship: A Band of Renegades, an Epic Race,and the Birth of Private Spaceflight
Science / Medicine / Technology
The Penguin Press
September 2016
ISBN 9781594206726
Hardcover, 448 pages
$28.00, INSTORE
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The historic race that reawakened the promise of manned spaceflight Alone in a Spartan black cockpit, test pilot Mike Melvill rocketed toward space. More/less

The Billionaire and the Mechanic
Science / Medicine / Technology
Grove Press
ISBN 9780802121363
Paperback, 336 pages
$16.00, INSTOCK
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Expanded to include the behind-the-scenes story of the 34th America’s Cup and Team USA’s incredible comeback Down eight-to-one in the 34th America’s Cup in September 2013, Oracle Team USA pulled off a comeback for the ages, with eight straight wins against Emirates Team New Zealand. 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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