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)

Scott Thybony

Scott Thybony has traveled throughout North America on assignments for major magazines, including National Geographic, Smithsonian and Outside. He wrote a cover story on the Grand Canyon for Men’s Journal and a piece on canyon exploration for National Geographic magazine, translated into a dozen languages. His book, "Canyon Country," sold hundreds of thousands of copies. He is an anthropologist by education and a writer by profession. The former river guide and archaeologist writes books and articles for major magazines and newspapers. His interviews have ranged from astronauts to medicine men, and his travels through North America have resulted in award-winning stories. Having lived with Navajo Indians in the American Southwest and the Inuit in the Canadian Arctic, he brings to his writing an enthusiasm for the natural world and those living close to it.

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Scheduled events:
Southwest Books of the Year Top Pick Authors
"Southwest Books of the Year," Pima County Public Library’s annual review of regional literature, recognizes the best books being written about, or set in, the Southwest. Five of 2016’s honorees discuss writing the Southwest in fact and fiction, and the importance of regional literature.

Integrated Learning Center Room 130 (Seats 143, Wheelchair accessible)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sat, Mar 11, 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Signing area: Sales & Signing Area - Integrated Learning Center (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Paulette Jiles, Fernanda Santos, Melissa Sevigny, Scott Thybony, Amy Von Lintel
Moderator: Helene Woodhams
Outdoor Adventure Writing
Writers who can't resist the call of the wild swap stories on adventuring and living the bohemian life.

UA Mall Tent (Seats 250)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sun, Mar 12, 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Nature / Environment / Outdoor Adventure
Signing area: Sales & Signing Area - Central Mall (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: William Finnegan, Hampton Sides, Scott Thybony
Moderator: Mark Woodhams
Southwest Mysteries in Fact and Fiction
Two prominent mystery novelists sit down with an outdoors writer and author of a new true crime narrative to discuss murder and mayhem west of the 100th meridian, and the different ways the Southwest inspires and informs their writing.

UA Mall Tent (Seats 250)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sun, Mar 12, 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Signing area: Sales & Signing Area - Central Mall (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Anne Hillerman, J. A. Jance, Scott Thybony
Moderator: Christine Wald-Hopkins

The Disappearances: A Story of Exploration, Murder, and Mystery in the American West
True Crime
University of Utah Press
June 2016
ISBN 9781607814832
Paperback, 288 pages
$24.95, INSTOCK
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"The gripping true story of three young people who went missing at the same time in the same tangle of canyons and slickrock expanses of the American Southwest. More/less

The Painted Desert: Land of Wind and Stone
Nature / Environment / Outdoor Adventure
University of Arizona Press
September 2006
ISBN 9780816524808
Paperback, 76 pages
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"But this remote pocket of the Arizona desert, sandwiched between the Little Colorado River on one side and bold escarpments in the other, is much more than most tourists ever experience. 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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