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Candy Moulton: Festival in Arizona to bring books, authors and literature together on college campus

As winter drags on, even with a few warm days to melt the more than a foot of snow that fell across the Front Range and southern Wyoming this month, it is time to think about a little getaway. And where better than to the Arizona sunshine and an opportunity to meet, visit with, and hear talk by dozens of authors, or to see row after row of booths all filled with authors and publishers.

The Tucson Festival of Books is beyond doubt one of my favorite events of the year. It is all about books and writing and literature, with some food and a little entertainment thrown in for seasoning.

The 2016 Tucson Festival of Books will take place March 12—13 on the University of Arizona campus. Classes are out for Spring Break, so you won’t be competing with students for parking spaces. The festival offers two full food courts along with snack vendors. Net proceeds from the festival — from the support of sponsors, exhibitors and Friends of the Festival — go to fund critical literacy programs in Southern Arizona.

Here is a partial program lineup:

“It is all about books and writing and literature.”

SATURDAY, March 12

10 a.m. — Margaret Coel, Anne Hillerman, J.A. Jance – Student Union North Ballroom.

10 a.m. — C. J. Box and others – Crime and the Family – Chemistry Room 111.

11:30 a.m. — Kirk Ellis, Jeb Rosebrook, Helen Stephenson – The Art of Screenwriting – Student Union, Ventana Room.

1 p.m. — Johnny D. Boggs and Thomas Cobb – Crazy (Heart) about Tucson – Student Union Kachina Room.

1 p.m. — C. J. Box – Laying Down the Law – Modern Languages Room 350.

2:30 p.m. — Lynn Weiss Sneyd and Richard Collins – For the Love of a Horse – Student Union Kachina Room.

2:30 — Susan Cummins Miller, Leslie Poling—Kempes, Jan Cleere – Extraordinary Women of the Southwest – UA Library Special Collections.

SUNDAY, March 13

10 a.m. – Anne Hillerman – UA Library Womens Mystery Collection – Integrated Learning Center Room 120.

11:30 a.m. – Thomas Cobb and others – Richard Shelton Arizona Treasure – Student Union Kachina Room.

11:30 a.m. – Betty Webb, Susan Cummins Miller, Elizabeth Gunn – AZ Authors/AZ Crime – UA Library Special Collections.

1 p.m. – Anne Hillerman and others – Collaborating on Crime – UA Mall Tent.

1 p.m. – Bob Boze Bell, True West Editor, and others – Exploring Arizona – UA Library Special Collections.

2:30 p.m. – Jane Eppinga and others – Writing Arizona History – UA Library Special Collections.

2:30 p.m. – Robert Knott – Novel to Screenplay – Integrated Learning Center room 137.

2:30 P.M. – Western Writers of America Spur Awards – Kirk Ellis, Johnny D. Boggs, Thomas Cobb, Jon Chandler – UA Bookstore.

4 p.m. – Sherry Monahan and Ann Boland – Book Marketing Basics – Student Union Ventana Room.

Also planning to attend are Chris Enss, Nancy Plain, Doug Hocking, Terry Mort, Will Bagley, Dusty Richards, Quackgrass Sally, Stuart Rosebrook and Victoria Wilcox. ❖

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