I attended the Tucson Festival of Books March 4-5, 2023, hosted by the University of Arizona. Over 200 book booths were scattered over the entire mall area along with food vendors and entertainment stages. The campus is beautiful and includes cactus gardens, palm trees, flowers, and unique architecture. The best part was the 75-degree weather!
Over 300 author presentations were scheduled, although I only saw a couple, since I was working in the New Mexico Book Association booth with five other NMBA members representing the 32 NMBA authors who submitted books.
It was fun to participate with authors from all over the southwest. I sold some of my books, “Cavalier – The Story of an Unsolved Murder in a Small Town” (and bought some, too). This was the 14th year for this event. I’ve read that it is one of the largest book events in the U.S. Another feature of the event was that it was inter-generational, pet-friendly, and free to book lovers!
Here’s a link to more information in case you want to attend next year:
Meet Connie Nelson - an author, a true crime memoirist, and a lifelong writer. In her book, "Cavalier - The Story of an Unsolved Murder in a Small Town," She tells the story of her friend's unsolved murder, and her journey to publishing the book. Through her experience, Connie learned that asking questions and utilizing resources are key to success.