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)

Joel Shurkin

Mr. Shurkin is sponsored by the University of Arizona BIO5 Institute

Joel is a science writer emeritus at Stanford University and has taught science journalism at Stanford, the University of California Santa Cruz and the University of Alaska Fairbanks where he was the Snedden Chair. Joel founded the science writing internship program at Stanford. He was the science writer at the Philadelphia Inquirer and was part of the team that won the Pulitzer Prize for coverage of Three Mile Island. Joel was also chief of the space bureau for Reuters, covering all the Apollo missions while a national correspondent for them based in New York. He also was a correspondent for United Press International in Israel in 1967 and the Dominican Republic in 1965, and UPI bureau chief in Baltimore and Cleveland. Joel is the author of nine books on science and the history of science. "True Genius" is his third biography, including "Terman’s Kids" (the biography of Lewis Terman, inventor of the IQ test) and "Broken Genius," the biography of William Shockley, co-inventor of the transistor.

Scheduled events:
Hot Off the Press
Open to Friends of the Festival - by invitation only. Meet marvelous authors releasing new books the week of the Tucson Book Festival! Authors will sign their books for you inside the Student Union South Ballroom. Please Note: Several of the new titles have publication dates in mid-March. The publishers are working to get the books to Tucson early, for this event!

Student Union South Ballroom (Seats 300, Wheelchair accessible)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sat, Mar 11, 8:30 am - 9:30 am

Panelists: Amy Dickinson, Amy Engel, Glenn Frankel, J. A. Jance, Christina Baker Kline, Victor Lodato, V. E. Schwab, Samantha Shannon, Joel Shurkin, Maggie Stiefvater
Influential Unknowns
Joel Shurkin and Dava Sobel share their experiences researching and writing about relatively unknown scientists and how their contributions changed the face of technology today.

Science City - Main Stage (Seats 155)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sun, Mar 12, 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Science / Medicine / Technology
Signing area: Signing Area - Flandrau BookStore (Science City) (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Joel Shurkin, Dava Sobel
Moderator: George Jenson
Epidemics Old and New
The authors discuss the changes in how the world addresses epidemics, from the early eradication of small pox to the current fight against the Zika Virus. NOTE: Mr. McNeil will be 20 minutes late to the signing area due to a live interview with CSPAN following the program.

Student Union Gallagher Theater (Seats 340)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sun, Mar 12, 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Science / Medicine / Technology
Signing area: Sales & Signing Area - UA BookStore Tent (on Mall) (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Donald G. McNeil, Jr., Joel Shurkin
Moderator: Matt Russell

True Genius: The Life and Work of Richard Garwin, the Most Influential Scientist You've Never Heard of
Science / Medicine / Technology
February 2017
ISBN 9781633882232
Hardcover, 340 pages
$25.00, INSTORE
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"The first biography of Richard Garwin, a physicist whose work has had wide-ranging impacts on modern life from well-known technical innovations to progress in nuclear disarmament"--

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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