Festival Founders Award

Festival Staff / December 20, 2019

Writer R.L. Stine, who was given the 2013 Founder's Award, tries to create an impromptu story with help of the audience during the fifth Tucson Festival of Books at the University of Arizona.

Writer R.L. Stine, who was given the 2013 Founder's Award, tries to create an impromptu story with help of the audience during the fifth Tucson Festival of Books at the University of Arizona. (A.E. Araiza/Arizona Daily Star)

The Founders Award, established in 2011, honors literary achievement that has captivated our imagination and whose body of work will be an inspiration to readers, writers and booklovers.  Past recipients of this coveted award are: Elmore Leonard, Larry McMurtry and Diana Ossana, R.L. Stine, Richard Russo, The Rock Bottom Remainders, J.A. Jance, T. C. Boyle, Billy Collins, and Luis Alberto Urrea.   The Founders Award is presented at the Authors Table Dinner on the University of Arizona campus and attracts 900 patrons.

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
Western National Parks Association
William & Mary Ross Foundation

Key Sponsors

Arizona Party Rental Companies
Arizona Wholesale Supply
Early Childhood Learning is Essential
Marshall Foundation
Tucson Electric Power Co.

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