March Madness of Books: History vs. Mystery!

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Now that the Tucson Festival of Books is over, we thought it would be fun to answer a burning question...what literary genre will win, history or mystery? Here's how it'll work. You'll vote in a few rounds of polls, and once we have a final contender for each "team," we'll match them up in one last […]

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Read Harder Challenge – More Books!

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For February, the Read Harder challenge took some interesting turns. For Karen, she continued down the list and read a book about books and a book set in Central or South America written by a Central or South American author. Betsy jumped around again and landed on young adult titles. Karen: For my Central or South […]

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Julissa Arce’s Undocumented American Dream

My (underground) American Dream: My True Story as An Undocumented Immigrant Who Became A Wall Street Executive, by Julissa Arce

Financial whiz kid turned immigration rights advocate Julissa Arce brings her own astonishing immigration story to the Nuestras Raíces stage at the Tucson Festival of Books when she discusses  her recent memoir, My (Underground) American Dream: My True Story as an Undocumented Immigrant Who Became a Wall Street Executive. Talented and driven to succeed, Arce […]

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Read Harder Challenge 2017: first month down

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It's time to check in after the first month of the 2017 Read Harder Challenge. We've switched out regular writers - this year it will be Karen and Betsy with other folks chiming in as they take on certain aspects of the challenge. Read our crowdsourced picks post with ideas for all the categories! Karen […]

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Visit the Library at the 2017 Tucson Festival of Books

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The Tucson Festival of Books is just around the corner. Come to UA Campus the weekend of March 11-12 and join us for some book joy! As always, the Library is a proud sponsor and has a lot going on. Browse books in our catalog by Tucson Festival of Books authors. Library Tent and Nuestras […]

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Read Harder Challenge – Looking forward to 2017

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Finally finished with the last month of reading challenges for 2016 and looking forward to next year's challenge. In December we were challenged to read a play, and a book about or containing a character with mental illness. Karen: I can't believe I made it through the entire challenge. I will definitely say my reading selections have […]

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Volunteer at the Festival

Tucson Festival of Books is the third largest book festival in the country. The success of the Festival is, in large part, to Festival volunteers. This year the Festival is going to be better than ever, and we need your help. What’s the Festival all about? At Tucson Festival of Books, book lovers get to interact […]

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Read Harder 2017: PCPL Picks!

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Help us crowdsource a challenging reading list! Last year, Jessica and I put together a local-centric recommended reads list for people taking on the 2016 Read Harder challenge put on by Book Riot. Well, it's time for the 2017 edition (here's the printable PDF), and this time, we'd like to invite YOU to share your favorite […]

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Happy Anniversary to Us! ~Southwest Books of the Year

the cover of the print version of southwest books of the year made up of several book covers with a golden yellow background

In 1976 Gerald Ford was president of the United States, Steve Jobs started the Apple Computer Company, gasoline cost $0.56 a gallon, and the Arizona Daily Star presented a holiday shopping list of recommended Southwest books. With this, our 2016 edition, Southwest Books of the Year marks 40 years of connecting readers with the best […]

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December Book Riot Challenge: One Month Left!

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One month to go in the Book Riot Challenge! (See the tag below for earlier entries.) Karen and William have been keeping on pace reading at least two books a month in selected categories. This month the challenges were: Read a Food Memoir Read a book about politics, in your country or another William: I have […]

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