MegaMania!! 2017

Saturday, July 15  ○  1:00-6:00 PM Pima Community College Downtown Campus 1255 North Stone Avenue (NW corner of Speedway and Stone) Happening All Day COSPLAY | Show off your costume or make your own. RV Building VIDEO GAMING | Have fun playing Worlds, Super Mario Cart 8, Keep Talking & Nobody Explodes, and many other favorites!! Library […]

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Home is the Desert

"To know the desert, one must walk in it," Ann Woodin once said. "It is then...we find ourselves in the comforting company of other living and warm-blooded creatures." Woodin, who passed away in April at the age of 91, knew something about walking among desert creatures because she, rather famously, had a house full of […]

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The Handmaid’s Tale, 2017

I was fortunate enough to catch a preview for the upcoming The Handmaid's Tale miniseries adaptation. The novel's often assigned in high school and college literature and women's studies classes. Unlike a lot of dystopian fiction, it focuses on the little details of everyday life, rather than technological and plot machinations. Somehow, her quick, quiet sketch […]

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In Celebration of National Poetry Month

I loved poetry long before there was a National Poetry Month, though I so remember the year, 1996, that it was established. My daughters were little, and Shel Silverstein, Dr. Seuss, and books like A Child's Garden of Verses filled our evenings. When my sister and I were about their ages, my father used to read […]

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Which poet wrote it?

Let the rain kiss you Let the rain beat upon your head with silver liquid drops Let the rain sing you a lullaby The rain makes still pools on the sidewalk The rain makes running pools in the gutter The rain plays a little sleep song on our roof at night And I love the […]

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March Madness of Books: History vs. Mystery!

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

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

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?

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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