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:  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.

Parking is free on Saturdays/Sundays on the streets on the UA campus.  This event started up in Spring  2009 and has been so successful every since. There are even lots of activities for children in the Science section and all around the grassy mall, even circus performances.

One of the most fun (funnest?) events is at the closing on Sunday March 15,at 4 p.m. at Arizona Daily Star tent when their cartoonist David Fitzsimmons will hilariously moderate a literacy game show.  My UA professor husband Albrecht Classen got chosen to be a game show participant on the stage last year, and his team (luckily with 2 learned librarians) won the Star’s 2 for 1 Dining Club card, which we enjoyed later.

Enjoy the 7th Annual Tucson Festival of Books!

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Carolyn Classen
Carolyn Sugiyama Classen, a life long Democrat, was born & raised in the State of Hawaii, was a Legislative Aide for U.S. Senator Daniel K. Inouye on Capitol Hill, and practiced law for a while. In Tucson she worked as a tribal staff attorney for the Pascua Yaqui Tribe and later was the Interim Executive Director of the now defunct Domestic Violence Commission. In 2008 she became a “My Tucson” guest columnist for the Tucson Citizen newspaper, then continued blogging for for over four and a half years. Her blogsite was entitled “Carolyn’s Community” about community events and some political news, until Gannett Publishing shut down the site on January 31, 2014. She started with Blog for Arizona on Feb. 11, 2014. Part time she has been sitting as a Hearing Officer in Pima County Consolidated Justice Courts Small Claims Division since April, 2005. She is married to University of Arizona Distinguished Professor Albrecht Classen, a native of Germany. They have one son, who lives in Seattle, WA with his wife and daughter. She is also the Editor of the Southern Arizona Japanese Cultural Coalition website, (since Jan. 2013).