Maybe it’s just because I’m a giant book nerd and a librarian, and maybe I say this every year, but I’m really looking forward to the Tucson Festival of Books.
I’ve had the privilege to serve on the author committee for five years, and I’d like to share a sneak peek of what’s in store for this year’s science fiction and fantasy programming track.
Flying in from out of state are science-fiction legends Ben Bova and Kim Stanley Robinson; multiple Hugo award winner Elizabeth Bear; and Brandon Sanderson, who has been contracted to finish the “Wheel of Time” series. There’s also Jonathan Maberry, bestselling author of the Joe Ledger novels; and Isaac Marion, whose book “Warm Bodies” was made into a movie last year.
In deference to all the hardcore fans out there, I’ve tried to schedule as many of the science fiction, fantasy and horror programs as possible in the University of Arizona’s Integrated Learning Center . It’s a nice, newer building, wheelchair-accessible, and you won’t have to run across the UA Mall from one author to another too much, I hope.
The best tips I can give you to get the most out of the science fiction and fantasy programming are to arrive early so you can find parking and to try a book by a new author. You’ll have an opportunity at the festival to meet a lot of authors you don’t know, along with the ones you came specifically to see. We all know the names of the bestsellers, but we have some really fantastic authors living right here in Arizona, too.