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!

Saturday, March 10th, immediately following the close of the festival.
Outdoor concert at Jefferson Field (on UA Mall, east end near Campbell Ave., north of Jefferson Gymnasium/hall), 5 to 7:30 p.m.

Food Trucks and Cash Bar.
Plenty of space to dance!

The Rock Bottom Remainders

Band members include:

Dave Barry,
Mitch Albom,
Ridley Pearson,
Alan Zweibel,
Greg Iles,
Scott Turow,
Amy Tan,
Mary Karr,
Sam Barry,
Josh Kelly,
Erasmo Paolo and
Gary Hirstius.

This wonderful event is a great way to celebrate 10 years of the Tucson Festival of Books. Join us, our authors, our volunteers, our supporters and the community!”

All info: http://tucsonfestivalofbooks.org/

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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 Tucsoncitizen.com 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, www.southernazjapan.org (since Jan. 2013).


  1. Day 2 of the festival, seemed like less people. Listened to panel of women journalists turned authors: Nancie Clare (LA Times magazine), Mara Purl (Financial Times), and Melissa Schorr (Boston Globe) give tips on fiction vs. nonfiction writing; then former UA FB Coach Dick Toomey on the “Rise of the Rainbow Warriors” (1977 to 1986) – my alma mater UH Manoa; then a fascinating multi-cultural panel NY Times best sellers of Jamie Ford (on Chinese/Japanese Americans), Black American Stephanie Watts from NC; Min Jin Lee from Korea. Then listened to NPR’s Scott Simon who mostly talked about the Chicago Cubs baseball team and finally Fitzsimmons’ good vs. evil teams answering trivia questions about literature and Tucson. 10 years of fun at this festival, looking forward to next year’s.

  2. Day 1 of the festival: listened to hard talking CNN Reporter Alisyn Camerota of her experiences at Fox & CNN; then heard life adventures of author Mitch Albom (“Tuesdays with Maury”), then two funny humorists Dave Barry and Alan Zweibel (co-authors) with MC Fitz of the Star. Went to a panel of children’s authors/illustrators on caring & kindness, with a final panel of journalists including John Nichols of The Nation, Liza Mundy (Washington Post) and Kathryn Watterson who wrote a book about “African American Princeton”. Nichols urged the audience to keep abreast of changes in print/TV media and to be vigilant with the current Administration in D.C. The Rock Bottom Remainders concert was terrific — great impromptu band with Amy Tan who sang “These boots are made for walking” (Carol King) using a whip on the fellow male band members. Dave Barry sang a song he composed “Tupperware” (caskets). Hilarious but a bit cold due to the rainy afternoon. Delicious wood fired pizza from food truck Hellfire Pizza. More all day tomorrow at the festival.

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