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)

John Messing

John Messing is a writer and an illustrator. A Tucsonan, he often hikes the Sonoran desert, which he finds spiritually replenishing.

He has written and illustrated a series of children’s fables about desert creatures and their environments, beginning with “Jackie Rabbit Lives in the Desert,” its Spanish translation “El Conejo Diego Vive en el Desierto,” and a soon to be released sequel. In “Jackie Rabbit Lives in the Desert,” which is offered at the Tucson Festival of Books in English and Spanish, Jackie Rabbit and his sister Jenny go into the desert one night, meet danger and a mentor, and learn about fear and courage. It is a great read to younger children at bedtime.

"I love when kids smile and engage with the illustrations and the story," says Messing, himself a grandfather. "That is the highest reward."

Author of four books, he is a history graduate of Princeton University (magna cum laude), Stanford Law School (Law Review editor) and the University of Paris Law Faculty II. He holds three U.S. patents in the field of cryptography. He is a Senior Olympics gold medalist in Tai Chi. Prior to retirement, he was a premier Arizona immigration attorney.

Jackie Rabbit Lives in the Desert
Children / Teens
Second Street Atelier
September 2017
ISBN 9780999496404
Paperback, 45 pages
The author will make this book available for sale at the Author Pavilion during the Festival.

A child's illustrated storybook about a young jackrabbit's adventures one night. It takes place in the Sonoran desert of the American Southwest, with its creatures, plants, and unpredictability. More/less

El Conejo Diego Que Vive en el Desierto
Children / Teens
Second Street Atelier
November 2017
ISBN 9780999496411
The author will make this book available for sale at the Author Pavilion during the Festival.

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
Western National Parks Association
William & Mary Ross Foundation
University of Arizona - Facilities Management

Key Sponsors

Brucker Trust
Marshall Foundation
Monark Premium Appliance Company

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