Wildly popular Tucson Festival of Books in 6th year


festivalofbook2014Thousands and thousands (and thousands) of people have attended this popular Tucson Festival of Books, since its inception in 2009.  Go to the website for information on the authors, schedule of activities, map, etc. (click here).

I participated there once in 2011 in our Tucsoncitizen.com booth (along with lots of other bloggers/citizen journalists, and our staff at the time).

Last year my husband University of Arizona  Distinguished Professor Albrecht Classen was a presenter/author at this festival for his new, local Southwest book:

The Letters of the Swiss Jesuit Missionary Philipp Segesser (1689–1762): An Eyewitness to the Settlement of Eighteenth-Century Sonora (Pimería Alta)

This book  is available for sale at the Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies  website, http://acmrs.org/publications/other/occasional. This Tempe publishing house will be at the 2014 festival as well, at booth # 170.


Jesuit  Father Segesser followed in the footsteps of Father Francisco Eusebio Kino, and this book contains translations of Segesser’s letters to his family, as he chronicles his hard life among the Indians of Sonora and now-Arizona.

This book will be on sale at the 2014 Festival of Books at the ACMRS booth, south of the Student Union.

 Of note this year, former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor will be speaking on a panel on Saturday, 11:30 a.m. in the Student Union South Ballroom, on “The History of the Supreme Court, Civil Engagement and Our National Parks”. Her younger sister is Ann Day, former District 1 Pima County Supervisor and State Senator.




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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. 2nd full day at the Festival, listening to media people speak (John Nichols from yesterday), and Washington Post reporter Dan Balz (who spoke of the 2012 election, interviewing Mitt Romney, etc.), followed by a depressing panel on “Climate Change in the Southwest”, then again reporters in a “Justice Prevails” talk about mass murderers and finding justice for the victims. Ending the festival was hilarious Star cartoonist Fitz in his element, with a literary competition on the stage (including my husband on the 3 person team). Until next year….

  2. Full first day at Tucson Festival of Books, listening to local mystery author JA Jance on a panel, then more Women’s Voices, followed by political blogger John Nichols (and Dan Balz of the Washington Post), with the finale talk by popular courtroom drama attorney Scott Turow. Lots to do at this festival plus more tomorrow till 5 p.m. Even heard some terrific drumming & dancing by Capoeira Mandinga.

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