Festival attendees will be able to enjoy a weekend chock-full of readings, lectures, demos, live music food and one of the biggest used book sales in southern Arizona. More than 150,000 books-lovers are expected to attend the festival, which is scheduled for the weekend of March 14 and 15, 2015.
More than 150,000 book-lovers are expected to visit the Tucson Festival of Books this spring, a weekend-long celebration of all things literary — Photo courtesy of Tucson Festival of Books
Some of the big names gracing this year's book festival roster include award-winning and best-selling authors like Amy Tan (The Joy Luck Club), legal thriller novelist Scott Turow, humorist Dave Barry, social critic and political activist Noam Chomsky and Mitch Albom (The Five People You Meet in Heaven).
Also presenting will be the popular children's and young adult novelist Katherine Paterson, who wrote the classic Bridge to Terabithia.
Presenting alongside the marquee names will be local talents like acclaimed University of Arizona astronomer Chris Impey, who wrote Humble Before the Void: A Western Astronomer, His Journey East and a Remarkable Encounter Between Western Science and Tibetan Buddhism, which features a foreword by the Dalai Lama.
New additions to the festival this year include a second food court to help alleviate long lines, as well as two entertainment stages. The University of Arizona Library will also be opening its Special Collections reading room to the public, giving festival-goers the unique opportunity to see historic Arizona documents and other artifacts in person.
This year, the festival will again feature "Science City," a celebration and exploration of the latest innovations in technology, engineering, health and science. More than 80 groups will present hands-on activities and interactive demonstrations designed to engage and delight science-lovers of all ages.
As a special treat this year, the Rock Bottom Remainders – a rock band featuring best-selling authors Amy Tan, Mitch Albom, Dave Barry, Scott Turow, Ridley Pearson, Alan Zweibel and Greg Iles – will perform on Friday, March 13, to kick off the weekend festivities. The band, which in the past has included Stephen King on guitar, will perform classic and oldies rock covers with comic effect.
Admission to the concert is $75, with ticket proceeds benefiting literacy programs in southern Arizona. The concert will take place at the University of Arizona Student Union Memorial Center Grand Ballroom. Attendees will be able to enjoy snacks and drinks and take home a commemorative t-shirt of the event.
Apart from special events like the benefit concert, the Tucson Festival of Books is free and open to the public. Events start at 9:30 a.m. and end around 5:30 p.m.
The festival is scheduled for the weekend of March 14 and 15; it will be held on the University of Arizona campus.