The Handmaid’s Tale, 2017

handmaid's tale jacket

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

Typewriter with Poetry buttons, vintage

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!

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

six people leaning against a wall holding open books

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

Cover of You Must Fight Them

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

harry potter book next to jar of jellybeans, candle, and feather

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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