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2023 Book Selection Process

Literary Committee / March 20, 2022

The Tucson Festival of Books is known for unique panels, record-breaking crowds and high-volume book sales that entice best-selling authors to attend the Festival each March. We feature authors and books in two programs - Presenting Stages and Indie Author Pavilions.

The Literary Committee is responsible for scheduling all book related programming on Presenting Stages (by invitation only).

Self-published authors, or those without recent titles are welcome to apply for in one of four Indie Author Pavilions (adult fiction / adult nonfiction / children's books / YA titles).

Presenting Stages

Open by invitation of the Book and Author Committee only.

Authors and publicists with books that meet the following criteria are eligible for consideration:

  • Published between September 2021 and February 18, 2023
  • Trade paperback reprints published between March 2022 – February 18, 2023
  • Published in traditional print format (hardcover or paperback)
  • Published by:
    1. a major US trade press (e.g., the imprints and client/partner houses of Hachette, HarperCollins, Houghton Mifflin, Macmillan, Penguin Random House, Perseus Books Group, Simon and Schuster, W.W. Norton, Workman)
    2. a university press - trade divisions or publications only
    3. an independent press distributed by a major US distributor (e.g., Consortium, Legato, Perseus Books Group, Publishers Group West)
    Please note: for our purposes, Amazon.com is not a distributor; it is a retailer/bookstore
  • Written for a general or "trade" audience. We do not feature books written primarily for academic or specialist audiences
  • Priced under $40 (with the exceptions of art, photography and some cookbooks)

Many genres and topics are featured on presenting stages:

  • Adult fiction
  • Adult nonfiction
    1. Humanities & Social Sciences
    2. Science & Technology
  • Culinary
  • Poetry
  • Nuestras Raices (generally, books related to Latino/a history, heritage and culture)
  • Children / Teens
  • Genres we do not accept on presenting stages:
    1. academic & specialist topics
    2. "how-to" books
    3. religious devotion & inspiration
    4. self-help
    5. travel guides

Books are stocked and sold through our official bookseller, the University of Arizona BookStores, a New York Times-reporting store.

Visit this link to see a list of authors who have attended the Festival since 2009.

While we would love to be able to accommodate every author who is nominated, the volume of requests that we receive is high. The festival generally is only able to accommodate authors by invitation. The ability to self-nominate for 2023 will become available in summer of 2022.

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
University of Arizona BookStores
University of Arizona - Facilities Management
William & Mary Ross Foundation

Key Sponsors

Arizona Appliance and Home
Arizona Party Rental Companies
Early Childhood Learning is Essential
Marshall Foundation

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