Puzzling Out the Tucson Festival of Books

The Tucson Festival of Books is fantastic event, and I am very much looking forward to this weekend.  If I have one quibble, it is this – it is darn near impossible to figure out what’s happening when and where.  I guess that’s a good problem to have – if it was a group of local poets at a coffee shop, it wouldn’t be much a festival.

There is a little something for everybody.  So, what’s available Saturday and Sunday?  Looking for . . .

Insight into Children’s Books?
Guys Read: Inspiring Boys as Readers – Jon Scieszka, author of “The True Story of the Three Little Pigs” and the first National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, explores how boys and girls are literate in different ways, what we can do to inspire more boys to read and why this is good for all readers.
When: Saturday 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Where: Education Building – Kiva Auditorium

Guys Lit?
Unlikely Heroes in Fiction: Bumblers, Fumblers, Stumblers and Why We Love Them – With Brock Clarke and Jonathan Tropper, and moderated by Hooper‘s favorite family law attorney, with one of the all-time great ironic names, Annette Everlove.
When: Saturday 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM
Where: Chemistry – Room 111

Getting your Wookie or Klingon Geek on?
Star Wars, Star Trek and Writing in Someone Else’s Universe – with Timothy Zahn, John Vornholt, Joan D. Vinge, and Rob Glaser
When: Saturday 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Where: Chemistry – Room 111

Comic strip goodness?
A Zits Guide to Living with Your Teenager – Live presentation of the material from the new book with the same name, by Jim Borgman and Jerry Scott of Zits comic strip fame. Q & A will follow the presentation.
When: Saturday 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Where: Arizona Daily Star Pavilion – UA Mall

Picture book brilliance?
Mrs. LaRue vs. The Doom Machine – Award-winning author/illustrator Mark Teague will talk about his process of illustrating and writing of picture books, including “Dear Mrs. LaRue” and the “How Do Dinosaurs Say” series, as well as the writing of his first middle-grade chapter book, “The Doom Machine.”
When: Saturday 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Where: Education Building – Kiva Auditorium

Creatures of the Night?
Vampires, Zombies and Monsters – with Jeff Mariotte, Yvonne Navarro, Weston Ochse, Michael Charton
When: Saturday 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM
Where: Koffler – Room 204

Classic swords and sorcery?
A Conversation with Terry Brooks – Tom McNamara interviews Terry Brooks about his career and most recent book.
When: Saturday 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM
Where: Integrated Learning Center – Room 120

Finding other NPR fans?
A Weekend with NPR’s Scott Simon
When: Saturday 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Where: Student Union – Ballroom South

Puppets?
Bringing Stories to Life: Puppets and Literature – Puppets provide a way to invite children into a story and capture their attention as well as to explore another way to express what they are thinking and feeling.  With friend of the Triplett family – Marge Eldeen.
When: Sunday 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM
Where: Education Building – Room 331

Classic Westerns?
Larry McMurtry and Diana Ossana in Conversation – Academy Award winning screen writers and best- selling authors Larry McMurtry and Diana Ossana discuss the ups and downs in their storied writing careers.
When: Sunday 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM
Where: Student Union – Ballroom South

Baseball?
Game Six – Mark Frost’s book, “Game Six”, is about the 1975 World Series and is the first in-depth examination of the greatest World Series game in history. Mark will appear with former Cincinnati Reds pitcher Pat Darcy.
When: Sunday 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM
Where: Arizona Daily Star Pavilion – UA Mall

Urban Fantasy?
Contemporary and Urban Fantasy – with Charles de Lint, Seth Muller, Will Shetterly, and Nina Kiriki Hoffman
When: Sunday 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM
Where: Koffler – Room 204

Graphic Novels?
Alyss, Babymouse and The Flying Beavers: Writing Graphic Novels – Matthew Holm, Frank Beddor, and Maxwell Eaton III  will talk about creating graphic novels for children and teens. They will share their process of writing and illustrating graphic novels and the appeal of these novels for kids.
When: Sunday 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM
Where: Education Building – Room 353

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