March Madness of Books: History vs. Mystery!

photograph by William Henry Fox Talbot "A Scene in a Library"

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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A Book Festival for Teens

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This year the Tucson Festival of Books will include a Teen Plaza with activities scheduled throughout the weekend to satisfy your literary cravings! The Teen and Author Stage will feature panels of visiting YA authors with Q&A afterwards. You'll want to stop by to see Ellen Hopkins, Alexandra Bracken and Maggie Stiefvater—to name just a few. The […]

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Cultural Diversity: The Power to Divide and Unite

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You Must Fight Them Dodger Blue Will Fill your Soul Authors Maceo Montoya and Bryan Allen Fierro will discuss racial identity from the perspective of their multicultural upbringings in California.  In addition to being award winning writers, they both have other occupations.  Montoya teaches Chicano literature and is an acclaimed artist.  Fierro works as a […]

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Feeling Giddy About Destroying The World?

Book cover for Feed by Mira Grant

Is there too much calm in your life?  Are you bored with the current political landscape and state of world affairs?  Is infrastructural stability and clean water getting old?  These authors can help!  They destroy our world as we know it, and rebuild it in previously unimagined ways, revealing humanity's true nature for better or […]

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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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Tweens vote for their favorite book series

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If you ever think that kids today don’t read or don’t care about books, listen to this story! We recently visited Old Tucson Studios for their annual Ted Walker Youth Day, with an information table about the library and our services. We let kids vote for their favorite book series. Since we were talking to […]

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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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Pearl Harbor and Japanese-American Internment at TFOB

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2016 marked the 75th anniversary of the Bombing at Pearl Harbor, signifying the United States of America’s entry into World War II. Just last month, the USS Arizona Memorial was dedicated on the University of Arizona Mall, commemorating the most devastating casualty of the attack. With this in mind, the Festival committees have created a […]

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Read Harder 2017: PCPL Picks!


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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Enter Faulkner’s World


As a preface to this review, I want to point out that this book was one of the most challenging novels I have ever picked up. Faulkner alone produces mind boggling stories, but in The Sound and the Fury, his literary skills outshine many other authors who attempt this style of writing. The Sound and […]

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