Did You Know? Tucson Festival of Books

Linda Harvey

Mark your calendars for March 4 and 5 to attend the Tucson Festival of Books..

This is one of the largest book festivals in the U.S., and it is held on the mall at the University of Arizona. This free-of-charge event usually attracts more than 100,000 people for the book signings and author discussion sessions, entertainment, a food court, and much more. Since its inception in 2009, the festival has existed to support literacy rates among children and adults.

One of the most popular areas is the Science City where kids and adults can learn through hands-on experiments and demonstrations. Naturally, there are plenty of books at each station to encourage learning more about the subject being discussed. This year, Science City plans to have six areas for discovery: Science in Art, Science of Everyday, Science of Food, Science of the Natural World, Science of Tomorrow, and Science of You. Professors and students can be found manning the booths and running and explaining the experiments.

Don’t worry about getting hungry, as there is a food court at which local well-known restaurants sell their food from food trucks. A visitor might find Mexican tacos, Greek humus, barbecue ribs, or ice cream.

There will be more information coming out about the authors and their books as well as the times for panel discussions as March approaches. For more information, go to tucsonfestivalofbooks.org.