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Time again for popular Tucson Festival of Books

Tucson Festival of Books: March 10 and 11, 2018  — 9:30 to 5:30  p.m. both days on UA Mall, west of Campbell Avenue. Now in its 10th year.

Complete schedule of authors’ presentations: http://tucsonfestivalofbooks.org/?id=466

Famous authors coming in 2018 are Amy Tan (author of Joy Luck Club), political analyst John Nichols of The Nation, and Pulitzer Prize winner  Luis Alberto Urrea.

Amy Tan , photo by Julian Johnson

And don’t miss free concert Saturday night at Jefferson Field:

“The Festival is thrilled to announce that the self-proclaimed “hard-listening” band The Rock Bottom Remainders will once again be playing and singing their hearts out at the Festival. This year, all attendees of the Festival are invited to hear the band’s performance for free!

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Southern AZ Senior Pride author at Tucson Festival of Books

All info on Tucson Festival of Books online at www.tucsonfestivalofbooks.org. Some of these events require tickets reserved before the talks, so click on “Ticketed Events”,  then “the general public” link. Ticketing ends 12 noon tomorrow, but there are 25% of the seats saved for no shows and standbys, the day of the presentation.

WWII Japanese American internment at Tucson Festival of Books

It’s that time again to spend two whole days March 11 and 12, 2017 at the Tucson Festival of Books, listening to authors, buying books, visiting literary booths, enjoying music and science exhibits, etc.  It’s like a mini  tent city that pops up on the campus every March, just before Spring  Break.  The festival is between Old Main and Campbell Avenue, all along the UA Mall, from 9:30 to 5:30 p.m on both days. Free to the public.

All info again at:  www.tucsonfestivalofbooks.org for participating authors, schedule, how to donate and help, how to get there by walking, bike, bus, car.

Of note in 2017:  attending the festival will be author Pamela Rotner Sakamoto who wrote ““Midnight in Broad Daylight: A Japanese American Family Caught Between Two Worlds”.

“Midnight in Broad Daylight is the true story of a family divided by war. After their father’s death in Seattle, the Fukuhara children — all born and raised in the Pacific Northwest — moved to Hiroshima with their mother. Eager to go back to America, two of the children — Mary and Harry — returned in the late 1930s. Then came Pearl Harbor. Despite being sent to an internment camp with Mary, Harry volunteered to serve his country. Back in Hiroshima, their brothers Frank and Pierce became soldiers in the Japanese Imperial Army.”

Sakamoto will be appearing at 3 panels:

March 11, 10 a.m. at UA Memorial Student Union Gallagher Theater, 1303 E. University Blvd. on the WWII: Japanese American internment

March 12, 10 a.m. at Koffler Bldg room 204, 1430 E. University Blvd.  on Race in America

March 12, 2:30 p.m. at UA Library Special Collections, 1510  E. University Blvd.  on WWII: Asking Why, Internment and Holocaust

Also discussing the WWII Japanese American Internment Camps  will be Richard Cahan, author of “Un-American: The Incarceration of Japanese Americans During World War II”

and  Richard Reeves, author of “Infamy: The Shocking Story of the Japanese Internment in World War II”.

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Time again for the popular Tucson Festival of Books


March 12 and 13, 2016 are the two days for the wildly popular Tucson Festival of Books, where long lines face you to get into some author presentations.   Here’s the complete schedule, to plan ahead:


It’s again on the University of Arizona mall (west of Campbell Ave. on University Blvd.), now in its 8th year.

Author list (A -Z): http://tucsonfestivalofbooks.org/?id=45

One of the fun activiites is at the end of the festival,  with AZ Daily Star cartoonist David Fitzsimmons and his humorous drawings  at the Star’s tent, 4 p.m. Sunday.  Writer Dave Devine will be assisting him this year.  The tent seats 250.

History from their website, www.tucsonfestivalofbooks.com.

“The Tucson Festival of Books, a registered non-profit organization established to support and fund literacy advancement in southern Arizona, debuted in March 2009 after two years of planning. More than 350 authors presented nearly 300 programs to 50,000 attendees that year. In six years, nearly 600,000 attendees have visited the Festival on the campus of the University of Arizona. More than $1,050,000 has been raised for local literacy organizations. Attendance in 2014 was estimated to be over 130,000 with more than 450 authors presenting. Founders of the Tucson Festival of Books include business, university and philanthropic leaders.”

Books — food– activities — info booths — family friends entertainment –lots and lots to do as usual. Enjoy Spring at the annual Tucson Festival of Books. Bigger and better each year.

Be there at Tucson Festival of Books on March 14 and 15


Everything you need to know about the wildly popular Tucson Festival of Books is online at:

http://tucsonfestivalofbooks.org/.  NEW this year is the ability to sign up online for tickets to the various author speakers by noon, March 13. You have to print the tickets & stand in line only 20 minutes before the event.  Last year people stood in line for 2 or 3 hours to get in, so let’s hope this new system works.

There are listed all the events for those two days, 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on the University of Arizona mall, the numerous author listings/events, maps, how to volunteer, etc. I’ve been to every one of these festivals in the past years, and it’s a huge, fun-filled event for everyone who loves reading, books, and literacy.

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John Nichols & The Nation Are Coming to Tucson (video)


John Nichols fires up progressives at a PDA event.

Author and commentator John Nichols of The Nation will make his annual trek to Tucson for the Festival of Books, but this year, he’s bringing his colleagues. To mark it’s 150th birthday, The Nation is doing a celebration tour that includes several events in Tucson.

A tradition for the past several years, Progressive Democrats of America (PDA) Tucson will host a special evening with John Nichols on Saturday, March 14 at 7 p.m. at the IBEW Hall. (Event here). Nichols is a long-time friend of PDA and the founding Executive Director the late Tim Carpenter. Consequently, when Nichols is in town, he always stops by the union hall to inspire progressive ground troupes. (This event is free, but donations are gladly accepted.)

After the jump, check out the complete list of Tucson events with Nichols and other inspirational speakers from The Nation. There also will be a regional premiere of the documentary Hot Type: 150 Years of The Nation at The Loft on Sunday, March 15 (details below).

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