University of Arizona Campus  •  March 14 -15, 2020  •  9:30am to 5:30pm

Adventure and Magic: A Carousel of Authors

Meet a bunch of authors in 60 minutes and enter worlds of adventure and magic. Each author will be seated at a table to talk with a small group about their newest book. Every eight minutes the authors will rotate to a new table in our version of author speed-dating.

Annie Barrows

Annie Barrows has done none of the things in "The Best of Iggy," her newest book. As a kid, Barrows was good and sweet and well-behaved. All the time, she was good. At least, no one ever caught her doing anything bad, which is the same as being good....

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Henry Cole

Henry Cole was a celebrated science teacher for many years before turning his talents to illustrating children's books. He has worked on over 150 books for children, including his own "Unspoken," "Big Bug," "A Nest for Celeste," "Jack's Garden," "Brambleheart" and "On Meadowview Street....

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Ally Carter

Ally Carter writes books about spies, thieves and diplomats. She is the New York Times bestselling author of three YA series about the world's best teenage art thieves (Heist Society), the world's coolest spy school (Gallagher Girls, including "I'd Tell You I Love You But Then I'd Have To Kill You"), and the granddaughter of a diplomat who has to find her mother's killer on Embassy Row....

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Xavier Garza

Born and raised in the Rio Grande Valley, Xavier Garza is a prolific author, artist and storyteller whose work focuses primarily on his experiences growing up in the small border town of Rio Grande City....

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Heather Kassner

Heather Kassner loves thunderstorms, hummingbirds and books. She lives with her husband in Arizona, waiting (and waiting and waiting) for the rain, photographing hummingbirds and reading and writing strange little stories....

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Mary Amato

Mary Amato is an award-winning children's and YA book author, poet, playwright and songwriter. Her books have been translated into foreign languages, optioned for television, produced onstage and won the children's choice awards in Ohio, Minnesota, Utah and Arizona....

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Lyla Lee

Lyla Lee is the author of "I’ll Be the One" and the Mindy Kim series for younger readers. Born in a small town in South Korea, she’s since lived in various cities throughout the United States....

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James Ponti

James Ponti was born in Italy, raised in Florida and went to college in California. After receiving a degree in screenwriting from the University of Southern California Film School, he began a career writing and producing television shows for the likes of Nickelodeon, Disney Channel, PBS, Spike TV, History Channel and Golf Channel....

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James Riley

James Riley lives in Virginia. He is the New York Times bestselling author of the Half Upon a Time, Story Thieves and Revenge of Magic series.

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Jon Scieszka

Jon Scieszka has been writing books to inspire crazy kids for longer than he can remember. As one third grader correctly put it, he has been writing "since the 1900s!" He is probably best known as the author of "The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs," "The Stinky Cheese Man," "Math Curse" and "Knucklehead....

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Named Sponsors

Arizona Daily Star
University of Arizona

Presenting Sponsors

Tucson Medical Center

Major Sponsors

Friends of the Festival
Pima County Public Library
Stocker Foundation
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William & Mary Ross Foundation

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Early Childhood Learning is Essential
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