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 Beeline up 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 authors from your community!

Susan C. Anderson

Jan Martin

Oro Valley
Jan Cleere
J.L. Doty

Alan Day
Barbara Marriott
Cricket Rohman

With a Featured Presentation By:


Oro Vallye’s JL Doty

Jim is a full-time SF&F writer, scientist (Ph.D. EE), and former running-dog-lackey for the bourgeois capitalist establishment. His first success as a writer came through self-publishing. That led to traditional contracts with publishers like Harper Collins. His tenth novel, the third in his urban fantasy series The Dead Among Us, was released in February 2017. Right now he’s submitting his eleventh novel, The Witch of Val d’Ossa, to publishers, and he’s just finished his twelfth, A Hymn for the Dying, the first in a new SF series, The Blacksword Regiment. Science is a passion, but writing is an addiction.

      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]