Tucson Festival of Books 2024: What to Expect This Year | Flow function



aAs an annual gift to the region’s bookworms, a two-day book event full of panels and author meet-and-greets will take place just as spring begins. This year’s Tucson Festival of Books takes place on March 9 and 10, with author events taking place throughout the day, giving attending readers a packed list of author discussions to participate in.

The Tucson Festival of Books is the third largest book festival in the country, attracting approximately 300 authors and more than 130,000 book lovers. Admission to the festival is free, with some accessible conversations with well-known authors from around the country. However, other events require advance tickets, which can be found on the festival’s website.

Held at the University of Arizona’s outdoor mall, the book fair gives literary enthusiasts of all kinds the opportunity to engage with their favorite authors and meet other like-minded readers.

This event is also suitable for younger readers with many children’s and teen events, including author Bob Odenkirk and his wife Erin Odenkirk’s event called “Odenkirk & Odenkirk & Other important Rhymes.” Other events include “Entering the Universe of Graphic Novels,” “Getting Your Middle Grade Novel Published,” Illustrator Studios, “Teen Worlds: A Carousel of YA Authors,” and more.

Guests should note that on-campus parking in the at-grade parking lots is free for all, as well as in the Highland and Park Avenue garages. The 6th Avenue, Tyndall, Cherry Avenue and Main Gate garages are available for parking with a parking fee of $5 per vehicle, and free admission after 4:00 PM. The festival ticket is available on the Tucson Festival of Books website, as is information about handicapped access. For guests who want to bring their pets, the staff at the Tucson Festival of Books suggests that the large event with more than 100,000 people may be intimidating for them. Only service animals with proper identification may enter festival locations or campus buildings, and any animal exhibiting aggressive behavior must be taken home.

Anyone wishing to contribute to the Tucson Festival of Books can do so by making a donation to the festival or by volunteering, as spaces are still open for the weekend and volunteers are needed after the festival on Monday, March 11 . There are still available positions for volunteers, including author campus supervisors, site line management, operational problem solvers and more. Those interested in volunteering can visit the volunteer page on the Tucson Festival of Books website.

One of the highlights of the Tucson Festival of Books is the Festival Founders Award, which honors an author for a literary achievement that has inspired writers and readers. The 2024 Festival Founders Award will be named and presented at the Authors Table Dinner on the University of Arizona campus and is expected to draw more than 900 guests.

One of the many authors who will present is Katherine Reay, an award-winning and best-selling author from Chicago who publishes both nonfiction and fiction. This will be Reay’s first year presenting at the Tucson Festival of Books, where she will speak on panels with other authors titled “The Search for Hidden Truths,” which explores the complexity of layered stories, and “Lost Children” , where audiences will experience the discussion of delving into the creative process of writing about identity, grief, and finding ways to heal.

Reay is the author of ‘A Shadow in Moscow’, ‘The London House’, ‘The Austen Escape’, ‘A Portrait of Emily Price’, ‘The Printed Letter Bookshop’ and most recently ‘The Berlin Letters’, which was published from published this week via Harper Muse on March 5. Reay will complete a book tour for her latest historical fiction novel this spring, with one of her stops being the Tucson Festival of Books. ‘The Berlin Letters’ tells an unforgettable story about the Cold War and an individual CIA codebreaker who takes risks to free her father from an East German prison.

“I am happy that I can participate in this year’s book festival together with so many talented authors,” says Reay. “I love visiting Arizona for its red, brown and blue skies, but visiting such an established festival this time feels all the more exciting. I’m looking forward to the sun and warmth, but I’m even more looking forward to being part of such diverse and interesting panels and connecting with readers.”

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