Celebrating Arizona Authors


Kick back and turn a page at the 4th Annual Payson Book Festival. Celebrate Arizona talent (and escape the summer heat) with a short Beeline north to the clear blue skies of Payson. Shake the hands of friendly Arizona authors, listen to their tales, and enjoy the free, family-fun activities throughout the day.

July 21, 2018
9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. 
Mazatzal Casino Ballroom (air conditioned) Hwy 87

Local authors, artists, musicians, and creative minds help shape the culture of our state and are a key component to a sustainable local economy. Their influences are necessary in defining the identity of a community and fostering a sense of place for its residents. By supporting our local authors, we are in turn supporting entrepreneurial vocation and providing opportunity for our young folks to envision and pursue a creative career. 

Meet the featured authors from your community!

Marc David
Sharon Day
Kathy Peach
Linda Radke

Fountain Hills
Susan Budavai
Debi Novotny

Ken Blaisdell
Ed Loughlin

Pam Eaton
Valerie Ipson
Betsy Love
Christoff Orr
Tina Scott

Paradise Valley
Barbara Lacy

Pam Sears

Timothy J. Boyer
Phoebe Fox
Michael Hale
Leslie Keller
Nelle Lewis
Wendy Lynn
Tony Padegimas
Jane Ruby
Michele Venne
Susan Leffler

Queen Creek
Tom Alberti

Patricia Brooks
James Bultema
Caren Cantrell
Earl L. Goldmann
Marie Joy
Merle McCann
Sandra Miller
Hayley Rose
Jody Sharpe
Nikos Ligidakis
Nan Cataldi

Richard Draude
Carol Hageman
Pam Knight Stevenson

With Featured Presentations By:


Janette Rallison: USA Today, bestselling author, Janette Rallison/ CJ Hill writes books because writing is much more fun than cleaning bathrooms. Her avoidance of housework has led her to writing 27 novels that have sold over 1,000,000 print copies and have been on many reading and state lists. Her books are fantasy, sci-fi, and romantic comedy because hey, there is enough angst in real life, but there’s a drastic shortage of humor, romance and hot guys who fight dragons. She lives in Chandler, Arizona with her husband, kids, and enough cats to classify her as eccentric.

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Liz Warren, a fourth-generation Arizonan, is the director and one of the founders of the South Mountain Community College Storytelling Institute in Phoenix, Arizona. Her textbook, The Oral Tradition Today: An Introduction to the Art of Storytelling is used at colleges around the nation. Her recorded version of The Story of the Grail received a Parents’ Choice Recommended Award and a Storytelling World Award. She serves as storytelling coach for Gannett’s nationwide Storytellers Project. The Arizona Humanities Council recently awarded her the Dan Schilling Award as the 2018 Humanities Public Scholar.


Patricia Brooks is an award-winning author, speaker, consultant and advocate. She is founder and president of Brooks Goldmann Publishing Company, LLC. Her mission is to enhance the author’s journey. She also created the Scottsdale Society of Women Writers in 2005 and serves as president. Her first memoir, Gifts of Sisterhood – Journey from Grief to Gratitude. earned a prestigious AZ Authors Association Literary Contest Non-fiction award. Her second memoir, Three Husbands and a Thousand Boyfriends, addresses love addiction, domestic violence and post-traumatic stress. Her third memoir, to be out in 2018, honors her spiritual transformation.

      Interested in volunteering?
      Join us in celebrating our Arizona talent at the Local First Arizona booth this year. 

      More About the Festival

      The Rim Country chapter of Arizona Professional Writers (APW), a non- profit organization, is partnering with Majestic Rim Retirement Living to present the 4th Annual Payson Book Festival - showcasing 80 Arizona authors and promoting literacy at a celebration of books for readers of all ages. Activities include: story time sessions for kids and teens, author presentations, cowboy poetry and songs, and entertainment. 

      Authors from throughout the state will sign and sell fiction and non-fiction books of many genres. Arizona Culture Keeper, and Western poetry & song writer “Buckshot Dot” spins colorful Arizona tales. Other presenters include story teller Liz Warren, YA author Jannette Rallison, Science Fiction author J.L. Doty, author and screenwriter Tom Morrisey and APW author Patricia Brooks. Kids can meet the Cat in the Hat and Story Monster at storytime sessions. 

      For more information, visit the website: www.paysonbookfestival.org  or email questions to [email protected]