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)
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Colette Bancroft


Colette Bancroft is the book editor of the Tampa Bay Times. She joined the Times in 1997 and has been a news editor, general assignment features writer and food and travel writer, as well as a frequent contributor of reviews of books, theater and other arts. She became book editor in 2007. Before joining the Times, Bancroft was a reporter and editor at the Arizona Daily Star in Tucson and an instructor in the English departments of the University of South Florida and the University of Arizona. Bancroft grew up in Tampa.

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Scheduled events:
Fantastic Fiction
Book club lovers, take note: these authors will discuss the seductive storylines, complex characters, pitch-perfect prose and a touch of the fantastic that make their books the ones that have reviewers raving and readers compulsively turning pages.

Integrated Learning Center Room 150 (Seats 155, Wheelchair accessible)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sat, Mar 11, 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: Brunonia Barry, Emily Fridlund, Adelia Saunders
Moderator: Colette Bancroft
The Book Reviewer's Beat
Book critics are the ultimate advocates for readers. They help you discover great books that you never would have found on your own. They help you steer clear of books that wouldn't suit you. They guide the reading life of the culture. Ever wonder how they find and choose the books they review? How they handle the necessarily charged relationship with the authors they review? Three prominent book reviewers give you a behind-the-scenes look at their journalistic beat.

Integrated Learning Center Room 150 (Seats 155, Wheelchair accessible)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sat, Mar 11, 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Book / Movie Biz
Signing area: Sales & Signing Area - Integrated Learning Center (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Colette Bancroft, Claiborne Smith, Tom Zoellner
Moderator: Gregory McNamee
WORKSHOP: Everybody's A Critic
In the new media landscape, book reviews are everywhere, from the traditional "gatekeeper" publications that still publish professional book critics to the proliferation of reviews on reader websites like Goodreads, sales platforms like Amazon and a plethora of other digital places. How can readers sort through all those choices to get the information and opinion about books that they need?

Integrated Learning Center Room 119 (Seats 60, Wheelchair accessible)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sun, Mar 12, 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Book / Movie Biz
Signing area: Sales & Signing Area - Integrated Learning Center (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelist: Colette Bancroft

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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