Meet favorite authors and local businesses at Tucson Festival of Books

This post guest written by LFA Intern, Julie Carmody Are you a book enthusiast? Looking for a good summer read?

Local First AZ members Julie Originals and Mama's Hawaaiin Bar-b-Cue at the 2014 TFOB

Come see the amazing Tucson Festival of Books, coming this March 14th and 15th. The Tucson Festival of Books is one of the largest book festivals in the nation, drawing in a crowd of over 130,000 in 2014. Held annually on the University of Arizona mall, this festival features hundreds of authors and books of all genres, bringing something new to every bookworm! This is your chance to see favorite authors such as Amy Tan, Dave Barry, Scott Turow, J.A. Jance and hundreds more.  Check out the author presentation schedule here and "bookmark" your favorites.

Come out for a day of fun and books under the sun, all while supporting key local literacy programs for Arizona’s youth. The Tucson Festival of Books includes book signings and fun-filled activities for the whole family. Alongside the Festival of Books, the University of Arizona will be hosting Science City, a fun and educational event providing tours of the university’s renowned labs and planetariums, a live animal show, and even a celebration of Super Pi Day (3/14/15). Featuring a number of Local First Arizona business members, the Tucson Festival of Books is a great way to show your support of our local businesses.

goodthreadsBe sure and visit our friends and Sustaining Member Goodmans GoodThreads program at Booth #350.  GoodThreads will be accepting donations of gently used, clean children’s clothing that will be sorted and organized by Goodmans' employees to donate to AZAFAP (Arizona Association for Foster and Adoptive Parents).

Mrs. Green of Mrs. Green's World will be signing her new book, Your Mother Called (Mother Earth) . . . You’d Better Call Her Back! at the Bookmans booth from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday March 14th and at the TEP booth from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sunday the 15th.

Brad Edmondson, the journalist and author of Ice Cream Social: The Struggle for the Soul of Ben & Jerry’s will be presenting at the Festival of Books  and discussing how companies like Ben & Jerry’s can make a difference.  Brad's presentation will also discuss the B Corp movement and how companies like Goodmans and Technicians for Sustainability redefine their mission in the communities they serve.

Many other local businesses will be exhibiting at the event as well.  Be sure and stop by to say hi to our members at the festival!

Arizona Experience Store Booth #117 Bear Essential News Booth #343 Bookmans Booth #328 Childrens Museum Tucson #357 Centennial Hall/UA Presents Booth #154 Tucson Museum of Art Booth #171 Julie Originals #249 Good News Radio Broadcasting Booth #199 KXCI Community Radio Booth #191 Lovitt & Touché Creative Juice Booth #240 Hughes Federal Credit Union #330 Mostly Books #148 The Loft Cinema Booth #176 Tucson Audubon Society Booth #271