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)

Terry McDonell

Rachel Cobb

Mr. McDonell is sponsored by Bon Voyage Travel

McDonell is a prominent award-winning journalist who has served as the managing editor of Sports Illustrated, Rolling Stone, and Newsweek; and as editor in chief of both Esquire and Men's Journal. He founded several magazines, including Outside, Smart, and Rocky Mountain. He is also a novelist and poet, who has written and produced for film and television. In his revealing memoir "The Accidental Life," McDonell talks about what really happens when editors and writers work with deadlines ticking (or drinks on the bar). His stories about the people and personalities he’s known are both heartbreaking and bitingly funny—playing “acid golf” with Hunter S. Thompson, practicing brinksmanship with David Carr and Steve Jobs, working the European fashion scene with Liz Tilberis, pitching TV pilots with Richard Price.

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Scheduled events:
From the New Journalism to Clickbait
Two prominent editors, writers, and publishing executives in a conversation about writing and editing, and the story of American journalism from the 1970s to the present. Includes first-hand accounts of working with some of the most prominent writers, political figures, and personalities of our time.

Integrated Learning Center Room 150 (Seats 155, Wheelchair accessible)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sat, Mar 11, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Signing area: Sales & Signing Area - Integrated Learning Center (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Joe Conason, Terry McDonell
Moderator: Mark Woodhams
Writing Lyrically About Sports
Authors who write about sports from horse racing to surfing talk about what is involved to go beyond recounting a sport to writing lyrically about it. An editor offers his insights as well.

UA Mall Tent (Seats 250)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sat, Mar 11, 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Signing area: Sales & Signing Area - Central Mall (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Joe Drape, William Finnegan, Terry McDonell
Moderator: Brett Fera
Jim Harrison Tribute: The Lawrence Clark Powell Memorial Lecture
When prolific author Jim Harrison passed away in Patagonia last March, he left behind a body of work—fiction, poetry, essays, reviews, and food writing—that stand as a testament to his passion for the outdoors and his celebrated lust for life. Three longtime friends and literary luminaries in their own right share anecdotes and reminiscences, and reflect on Harrison’s life and times. The Lawrence Clark Powell Lecture annually celebrates an author who has made a notable contribution to the literature of the Southwest.

Integrated Learning Center Room 120 (Seats 300, Wheelchair accessible)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sun, Mar 12, 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Fiction / Literature
Signing area: Sales & Signing Area - Integrated Learning Center (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Philip Caputo, Terry McDonell, Doug Peacock
Moderator: Tom Zoellner

The Accidental Life: An Editor's Notes on Writing and Writers
Book / Movie Biz
Knopf - PRH-KD
August 2016
ISBN 9781101946718
Hardcover, 384 pages
$26.95, INSTORE
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A celebration of the writing and editing life, as well as a look behind the scenes at some of the most influential magazines in America (and the writers who made them what they are). More/less

California Bloodstock
Fiction / Literature
August 2016
ISBN 9780679721680
Paperback, 209 pages
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A darkly humorous account of the settling of California forms the background for the story of Taya's revenge

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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