No plans tonight? Learn to make the most of the third largest book event in the nation by attending “Navigating the Tucson Festival of Books” at 6:30 p.m. tonight, Tuesday, Feb. 28 in the Tucson Medical Center Marshall Auditorium.

The event — March 11 and 12 — which packs the UA mall with about 350 presenting authors, activities, vendors and venue and an expected attendance of 130,000 to 140,000, can seem overwhelming.

The hour-long session can help you navigate the festival. Panelists directly involved in the book festival’s development and operation will explain and explore:

  • The layout of the festival, where to park, where to find what you are looking for.
  • How to use the website, mobile apps and other electronic tools as a guide to the festival.
  • How to use the special section that will be published in the Star on Sunday, March 5.
  • How use these tools to plan your days.
  • How the free ticketing process for some of the popular authors works.

There will be time for questions and answers, too.

The session is free, and there are still openings to attend. Register at as late as 5 p.m. today.

The Marshall Auditorium is on the east side of the TMC building, facing Craycroft Road. Free parking is available in the Catalina Parking Garage, which is north of the TMC building.

The Star is a named sponsor of the festival and TMC is the presenting sponsor.