Join us for The Tucson Festival of Books on the weekend of March 12th and 13th, 2011, on the University of Arizona campus. Visit tucsonfestivalofbooks.org for more details. See my OTP blog of January 14th as well.
I received a call from a festival representative who told me author nominations are now closed. However, nominations are in order for the 2012 Tucson Festival of Books. Nominate yourself if you are an author and wish to be considered. Also nominate authors you like, whether you yourself are an author or not.
A huge success since it began in 2009, this third annual Tucson Festival of Books features an array of heavy hitters who write crime: Robert Crais, J.A. Jance, C.J. Box, Martin Cruz Smith and others. Three of my favorite Tucson-based mystery authors will be there as well: Susan Cummins Miller, Elizabeth Gunn and J.M. Hayes.
Our festival features many authors from other areas as well. We'll have historians, writers of children's books, romance writers, culinary writers, poets. We have Wally "Famous" Amos lined up in the current events/pop culture category. I think he deserves his own category and that would be Cookie God.
Look for some of the top literary fiction writers in this country: Jim Harrison, Jennifer Lee Carrell, Elizabeth Berg and others.
Robert Crais, author of the Joe Pike novels, is listed as a literary fiction writer. James N. Frey, crime writer, would likely agree with that category. James N. Frey has written that: "Modern mysteries are not just diverting entertainment and puzzles to solve, but important contributions to our cultural life." Frey has also written: "When asked why he wrote detective fiction instead of serious fiction, Robert B. Parker said, 'Detective fiction is serious fiction.'"