5 Reasons The Tucson Festival Of Books is a Local Treasure

Sunshine, good books, and good food! The Tucson Festival of Books is always a favorite for Tucson residents and visitors. This article guest written by LFA Intern, Caroline Digilio

Attention Bookworms! The Tucson Festival of Books is right around the corner. Tucson comes together at this vibrant festival to celebrate the importance of reading and education. This festival has a long history in Tucson. Started in 2009, the festival was founded by Bill Viner and debuted with 50,000 regional visitors. Since then, it has grown to be over 130,000 regional visitors. The festival’s mascot changes each year, this year it is the Jackrabbit. The festival has been a huge supporter of local literacy programs, raising over a million dollars in the past six years.

Visitors always have a great time wandering through the University of Arizona campus and finding amazing displays, activities, and books along the way! There will be hundreds of authors and presenters so be sure to check the festival schedule here.

Visitors will find themselves among hundreds of amazing exhibitors including many locally owned businesses. The support of generous sponsors and hundreds of volunteers make the festival possible. This years sponsors include LFA members Bookman’s, Bear Essential News for Kids, and Visit Tucson.

The Tucson Festival of Books is an event that showcases Tucson’s strength of community and passion for education and imagination!  There are so many great reasons to check out the festival but here are five of our favorites -

1.) Learn why we love where we live!  Connect us with the extraordinary place we call home by checking out author presentations like The Sonoran Desert: A Literary Field Guide, Lost Restaurants of Tucson, Extraordinary Women of the Southwest, Tales of Tucson, On the Road: Exploring Arizona, Writing Arizona History, and Southwestern History Through Different Eyes: The Hopi and the Spanish. Find the full schedule here.

Julie Originals2.) Local artist Julie Rustad of Julie Originals #467 will be exhibiting for her 4th year at Tucson Festival of Books. She creates desert art gifts for all ages. Her popular Desert Dwellers Flash Cards teach children about local wildlife and were inspired by her son. Comments Rustad, “Tucson Festival of Books is my FAVORITE festival! I love the fact it’s so family-friendly and that all of us authors, illustrators and book lovers get to unite over the whole weekend!” Come by Julie's booth on Sunday and visit Local First AZ where you will  have a chance to win a fun-filled gift basket in conjunction with Local First Arizona. It includes Julie’s art, greeting cards, Localist Membership and more!

3.) The Festival of Books is a foodie paradise! Over a dozen different authors will be presenting on food based topics at the Culinary Stage on the UA Mall.  Check out Edible Baja AZ author Megan Kimble and many more. If all that food writing whets your appetite, you can find plenty of local restaurants at the festival including Pastiche Food/DrinkBeyond Bread and more.

4.) The Festival is fun for adults and kids alike.  Science City at the Tucson Festival of Books is the largest science event held in the state with something for everyone.


5.) You can visit all these amazing Local First Members at the festival!

Arizona Highways Magazine Arizona State Credit Union Beyond Bread Bookmans Children’s Museum Tucson Creative Juice Good News Radio Broadcasting Julie Originals Art + Design KXCI 91.3FM Community Radio The Loft Cinema Metro Gnome Music & Cycle To Go MOCA: Museum of Contemporary Art Pastiche Food/Drink Technicians for Sustainability (TFS) Tucson Audubon Society Tucson JCC Tucson Waldorf School Visit Tucson Wellness Key Chiropractic

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