Rows of white tents and thousands of book lovers will pack the University of Arizona campus at the eighth annual Tucson Festival of Books, 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, March 12-13.

We plucked five highlights from among the presentations by about 400 authors and hundreds of literacy-related activities:

Titles We’re Talking About

Cynthia Bond, author of the critically acclaimed debut novel “Ruby”— a pick for Oprah’s Book Club 2.0 — joins Mary Kubica, who wrote “The Good Girl” and “Pretty Baby,” and B.A. Shapiro, author of “The Muralist,” for a discussion of their fiction at 10 a.m. in Modern Languages, Room 350.

The Hubbell Trading Post talk

Unravel the artistry of Navajo rug weaving with experts from the oldest continuously operating trading post in the Southwest at 11:30 a.m. in the National Parks Experience.

“Star Wars,” “the Shannara
Chronicles” and “Outlander”

From Book to Screen and Back: Diane Gabaldon, author of the “Outlander” novels; Terry Brooks, author of the Shannara, Landover and Word & Void series; and Chuck Wendig, author of “Star Wars: Aftermath,” prequel to the latest “Star Wars” movie, “The Force Awakens,” discuss their behind-the-scenes experiences as their creative visions were brought into live action at 1 p.m. in the Student Union North Ballroom.

National Parks
Service Centennial Keynote

Douglas Brinkley and Timothy Egan discuss the roles of Teddy Roosevelt and FDR in preserving the American wilderness at 1 p.m. in the Koffler Building, Room 204.

Lindley Lopez Literary Circus

A Mid-Summer Night Circus twists, turns and tumbles at 10 a.m., 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. in the circus area east of Science City.

How much

Admission is free.

Advance tickets were available to some venues, including the Student Union North Ballroom and Modern Languages, Room 350.

If you don’t have a ticket, be prepared to wait in line — 25 percent of the venue seats are held for walk-ups.

In case you get hungry

There are more than 25 food vendors serving sandwiches, pizza and snacks. Find their menus and prices at


Free in the Park Avenue and Highland Avenue garages and surface lots. Pay $5 in the Cherry Avenue, Sixth Street, Tyndall Avenue and Main Gate garages.

Get the app

Find a parking map, last-minute schedule changes, author presentation times and locations, exhibitors and their book signings with a click of your iPhone and Android devices.

Tucson Festival of Books mobile apps are a handy guide through the festival. Find the iPhone version in the iTunes Store. Download the Android version from the festival website,, or the Google Play store.