Friday, January 14, 2011

The Tucson Festival of Books, March 12th-13th, 2011.

 The University of Arizona hosts the third annual Tucson Festival of Books on March 12th and 13th, 2011.  The festival drew 50,000 people and 450 authors in 2009. Even more people attended in March, 2010.

It’s an all ages show, very kid friendly, heavily staffed with volunteers, many of them University of Arizona employees.  We’ve got a huge, grassy mall at the UA and we turn it into a tent city.  You will see authors of all genres, some of the biggest names in America, speaking at the UA Gallagher Theater and at author panels held in auditoriums in buildings that front the mall.  Look for publishers, musicians, storytellers, theatre groups and food vendors as well.

If you are an author, you can nominate yourself for a place at the festival.  Go to:  or just check out the festival website at:

I alphabetized all OTP authors on the blog assignment list, checked it against the Tucson Festival of Books A to Z author list, and found none of us—yet.  A festival representative told me she didn’t know the closing deadline for nominating yourself or another author.  I suspect there is a deadline, but it seems there’s still time.

If you go, you’ll see authors like Diana Gabaldon and Elmore Leonard, as well as Tucson authors like Susan Cummins Miller and Elizabeth Gunn.  I write crime fiction. In past years I’ve heard and met guys like Don Herron, a biographer and Hammett scholar who has conducted the Dashiell Hammett Tour in San Francisco since 1977.  Hope to see you at the Tucson Festival of Books.
Clark Lohr
Clark Lohr’s novel, Devil’s Kitchen, a Southwest noir crime romance, is scheduled for publication by Oak Tree Press in early 2011.


Marilyn Meredith a.k.a. F. M. Meredith said...

Sounds very much like the LA Times Book Festival which is changing venues this year from UCLA to USC. It will be in April,

I've done it several times, but it is exhausting.


Carol Crigger said...

Oh, how I wish we had something like this in my neck of the woods!

Sunny Frazier said...

I wonder if Betty Webb will be there, it's her stomping ground (Desert Wives).