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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Seek and Find: Your Name is Famous – Alex! Jimenez

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Tucson Festival of Books 2017 Author Alex! Jimenez My new children’s book Abecedario del Sur Seek & Find Alphabet Book is a fun and colorful collection of beautiful hand-painted signs found in Tucson’s southside that helps kids learn their alphabet. This kid’s book is actually a pared down version of my larger book project Abecedario […]

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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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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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In a Daze


Kagerou Daze  is the first novel adaptation of the Kagerou Project, written and created by Jin, a Japanese sound producer, composer, and writer.  Okay, this might get a little confusing, so bear with me.  The Kagerou Project is essentially a multimedia story, a story that changes depending on which media form you so happen to […]

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Happy Anniversary to Us! ~Southwest Books of the Year

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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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Dangerous, Living in Your Own Mind: Donna Tartt’s The Secret History


Since its publication in 1992, Donna Tartt’s The Secret History has gone on to become an international bestseller and a cult classic. Tartt herself has since published two other books, both of which have met critical acclaim and success, one of them (remember The Goldfinch?) even winning the famed and hugely prestigious Pulitzer Prize. What is […]

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Indie Author Day

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If you have ever wanted to know what it would be like to write a book and publish it yourself, here is your chance to have your questions answered! Join us at the Martha Cooper Library on Saturday, October 8 from 2-4 pm to celebrate the inaugural Indie Author Day! Self-publishing has changed a great deal in […]

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The Undead Trendsetter

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This book is going to be the most fun you’ve had in a long while. Holly Black’s The Coldest Girl in Coldtown is a dark and twisted throwback to the latest vampire trend, which ridicules the romanticization of the undead in a truly entertaining fashion, while staying creepy and full of tension. If the reputation […]

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Created to Bring Misery: Evil and the Mask, reviewed

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This review is about a book that I bought, started, and finished on the same day. Evil and the Mask by Fuminori Nakamura is told from the point of view of Fumihiro Kuki, a boy who was told by his father that he was ‘created to be a cancer on the world.’  His father tells him that it […]

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