This weekend sees the return of the Tucson Festival of Books to the University of Arizona campus. The festival runs Saturday and Sunday, from 9:30 am to 5:00 pm each day. There will be hundreds of authors on hand taking part in presentations and discussion panels and, of course, signing books. As you might expect, there will be a good number of Science Fiction and Fantasy authors on hand in addition to all the Mystery, Southwest, Children’s, non-fiction (I could go on..) authors that will be appearing. The festival, now in its third year, is the fourth largest book festival in the country and there’s something for pretty much everyone there.
For the general information about the festival, their website has a lot of information for you to look through. They also have a printed guide that will be available to pick up at the festival and is available to read online. For those of you with smart phones, there is both an Iphone App and an Android App to help you navigate around the festival.
In the science fiction and fantasy area, local authors are well represented plus there’s a good number of participants that aren’t local taking part like David Weber, Kim Harrison, Charles de Lint, Brandon Mull, and Timothy Zahn. Locals include Jennifer Ashley/Allyson James, Jared Aragona, Diana Gabaldon, Gini Koch, Jeff Mariotte, Dennis McKiernan, Lisa McMann, Yvonne Navarro, Aprilynne Pike, Weston Ochse, Janni Lee Simner, Sam Sykes, Vicki Lewis Thompson, , John Vornholt, and Catherine Wells. From the comics side of things they will have Eric Esquival, Terry Moore, and Armand Villavert.
Exhibitors of interest to genre fans include Mysterious Galaxy (booths #249-251) which has a a PDF of their signing schedule). There’s also Leprecon, Inc. & SAGA booth (#248), TusCon Science Fiction Conventions (Booth #256), Gamadin Sci-Fi Adventure Series (Booth #255), Heroes & Villains Comics (Booths 239, 240 & 407), Altered Dimensions Press (Booth 216), Massoglia Books (Booths 450-451), and Phoenix ComiConBookman’s (Booth #138). is one of the main sponsors of the festival and will also be selling books there for the first time, so you may find something of interest there as well. For those of you with an interest in the mystery or romance genre, The Poisoned PenClues Unlimited (booth #234), (booths 266 & 267), Sisters in Crime (Desert Sleuth’s Chapter – booth #109), and Saguaro Romance Writers (booth #216) all have a lot of authors appearing, some like Kris Neri and Mary Jo Putney, that cross over into the paranormal or fantasy genres.
To catch an author for a signing, most of them sign at a designated signing area for the location of their presentation following their panel or presentation. It isn’t always clear where that is, though, so best to catch the author’s panel and then follow them to where they will be signing. You can also catch some of them signing in exhibitor booths as well. For a full list of exhibitors and scheduled booth signings, check out the festival’s exhibitor page. I’ve collected together the science fiction and fantasy panels on the AZSF Blog‘s Tucson Festival of Books page.
In any case, the Tucson Festival of Books has quickly become one of the highlights of the year and is definitely worth making the drive to Tucson.