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Tucson Festival of Books 2022
March 12 - March 13
The Tucson Festival of Books arrives in March when the sun is beaming, desert wildflowers are blooming and University of Arizona students are gone bye-bye on spring break. It’s Tucson’s annual gift to bookworms — a two-day bestseller for all ages.
Much of the activity — book panels and special events where literacy-lovers can come together, meet their favorite authors, and discover new bookish companies and resources — takes place on the pedestrian-friendly, open-air University of Arizona Mall. Festival admission is free, but many of the popular author events require advance tickets (see tucsonfestivalofbooks.org).
Parking & Public Transportation
Campus parking for the festival is complimentary on surface lots and in the Park Avenue and the Highland garage. The Cherry Avenue, 6th Street, Tyndall, and Main Gate garages are available for $5 per vehicle; free entry is granted after 4 p.m. Check out public transportation and other options for getting around.
You can enhance your festival visit by exploring the university’s museums and galleries, adjacent historic neighborhoods, and the nearby Main Gate Square shopping-and-dining corridor. For fun and convenience, yellow Tugo bikes can be rented for 30-minute trips while the four-mile Sun Link Streetcar connects campus with the surrounding Historic Fourth Avenue, Congress Street, and Sentinel districts.
Founders Award-Winning Authors
Every word counts! Hundreds of authors representing many genres have graced this festival. You can get an idea of the variety and caliber of the participants by checking this list of Festival Founders Award recipients. This award recognizes the exceptional literary achievement of one festival participant who is chosen every year. The Founders Award winners are:
- 2020 – Lisa See
- 2019 – Luís Alberto Urrea
- 2018 – Billy Collins
- 2017 – T.C. Boyle
- 2016 – J.A. Jance
- 2015 – The Rock Bottom Remainders: Mitch Albom, Dave Barry, Sam Barry, Greg Isles, Ridley Pearson, Amy Tan & Scott Turow
- 2013 – R.L. Stine
- 2012 – Larry McMurtry & Diana Ossana
- 2011 – Elmore Leonard