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)


Steven Mechler

Fitzsimmons is the political cartoonist and an editorial writer for the Arizona Daily Star. He was a Pulitzer Prize finalist for cartooning in 1988. He is the illustrator of "A Border Runs Through It: Journeys in Regional History and Folklore " by James "Big Jim" Griffith, "Arizona Politicians: The Noble and the Notorious " by Jim Johnson and "Two Arizona Black Birds" by Milton Lipson. Fitz is syndicated to more than 700 news publications, his award-winning cartoons have drawn both fire and praise.

Fitzsimmons also entertains audiences as a one-of-a-kind stand-up cartoonist and conference speaker. Known as the “Fastest draw west of the Potomac” Fitz has opened for PBS’ Mark Russell and has performed his “exceedingly silly” chalk talks in many conference meeting rooms, theaters, schools, and clubhouses. He has raised millions for Tucson’s charities for a quarter century by being the provocative, funny and entertaining master of ceremonies at thousands of charity events. For free. Any time as long as the cause is noble, the audience tomato-free and there are a few big names in attendance that he can besmirch, belittle, beguile and charm. He is Mr. Chicken Dinner with a black marker pen and a thick paper pad three by four feet perched on an easel.

His newest work is arranging, producing, and performing in the "Arroyo Café Radio Hour" a live radio show.

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Scheduled events:
Arroyo Cafe Old Pueblo Radio Show
Live radio theatre featuring guest authors and Arroyo Café crew of actors, singers and comedians. A bundle of book-related fun and entertainment!

Student Union North Ballroom (Seats 567)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sun, Mar 12, 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Signing area: Sales & Signing Area - Student Union North Ballroom Foyer (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: "Fitz", J. A. Jance, Arroyo Cafe Players
Moderator: Tom Beal
Rollicking Tucson trivia game show hosted by Dave Fitzsimmons
Dave Fitzsimmons, resident smart aleck and general goofball David Fitzsimmons offers some Tucson trivia - told as only silly, funny Fitz can. Two teams will be selected from the audience. They will compete for amazing prizes and unparalleled glory.

Arizona Daily Star Tent (Seats 250)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sun, Mar 12, 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Current Issues / Politics / Social Science
Signing area: Sales & Signing Area - Arizona Daily Star Store (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelist: "Fitz"

Arizona Politicians
Current Issues / Politics / Social Science
UA Press
ISBN 9780816522033
Paperback, 215 pages
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Portraits of 21 Arizonans who have had an impact on American politics in the twentieth century.

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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